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Dear Whiskers
Nagda, Ann Whitehead, 1945-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2000.
Physical Description:
75 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Jenny is discouraged when her second grade penpal turns out to be a new student from Saudi Arabia who does not speak English very well, but as she works with her they slowly become friends.
Reading Level:
400 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 1.0 45491.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.1 4 Quiz: 23707 Guided reading level: M.
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Jenny makes friends with a new student from Saudi Arabia.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. When Jenny's fourth-grade class writes letters to the second-graders, she is paired with Sameera, a Saudi Arabian girl who knows little English. Though frustrated and discouraged over Sameera's lack of response to her letters and her overtures of friendship, Jenny perseveres. Finally, she makes a breakthrough that helps them both to feel better about themselves and each other. Vividly re-creating classroom culture, Nagda portrays the seesawing emotions of schoolchildren with empathy and finesse. Stephanie Roth's expressive illustrations capture the tone and characterization as well as the incidents of the story. A satisfying chapter book for young readers. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Fourth-grade Jenny longs to receive the praise that other students hear. As part of an assignment, she must write to a second grader pretending that she is a mouse living in the child's desk; unlike her classmates, Jenny struggles with the letter. When everyone begins receiving replies from their young pen pals, the girl is first embarrassed by her correspondent's brief missive, then put out by her pen pal's lack of interest in writing back. However, Jenny soon discovers that Sameera has just arrived from Saudi Arabia and is not fluent in English. This match was clearly made by an insightful pair of teachers, and before long the two girls become invaluable in boosting each other's self-esteem. This warm story with a positive message will make a great choice for newly independent readers, as a read-aloud, and as a wonderful introduction to a letter-writing unit.-Leslie S. Hilverding, Schuster Elementary School, El Paso, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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