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Stern, Maggie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 1999.
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47 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
At school George recovers an escaped rabbit, helps bake bread, and enjoys a fair at which he hopes to win a raffle prize.
Reading Level:
230 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 44197.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 27941 Guided reading level: K.
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These winning easy-to-read adventures feature George and his frolicsome dog, Diggety. Maggie Stern and Blanche Sims bring you tales that are funny and illustrated with verve.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Brief sentences, punchy dialogue, ample art and a plucky young hero make Stern's (The Missing Sunflower) roundup of three tales a fine fit for youngsters just beginning to read on their own. "Sometimes it is good to wait," cautions George's teacher wisely, though patience does not come easily for the impetuous boy. But he learns. For example, while helping to bake bread as a class project, George discovers that he can't rush the all-important "secret agent" (aka yeast). And at the school fair, the boy regrets his impulsive decision to put all his tickets toward a raffle as he watches his brother and sister use theirs to play various games. Stern slips a valuable message into these tidy capers while maintaining a light touch and capping each story off with a comic twist. Sims's (illustrator of the Kids of the Polk Street School series) energetic, pen-and-ink with watercolor pictures play a strong supporting role in portraying George's high spirits. Most youngsters will recognize at least a sliver of themselves in this feisty character. Ages 6-9. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Jeremiah knows how to build fences, cook pancakes, make syrup, and grow delicious vegetables, but he doesn't know how to read. Determined to do just that, this snowy-bearded grandfather joins some local children on their way to school. Welcomed by the teacher, Jeremiah studies hard and the students help him practice. In appreciation, he teaches them birdcalls, whittling, whistling, and more. Soon, he's writing stories of his own. At bedtime one night, he shares a book of poetry with his wife and, captured by the beauty of the words, she, too, decides she must learn to read. The final page is wordless and portrays school children and two elderly adults heading down a bucolic lane to school. This heartwarming story makes good use of simple language and repetition without sacrificing its lyricism and pacing. Young listeners and beginning readers will be captivated by Jeremiah's determination and tickled by his genial presence in the schoolroom. While his triumphant bedtime poetry reading may endear him more to adults, youngsters will rejoice in his wife's resolve to learn to read, too. The oil paintings are as strong and determined as Jeremiah and reflect a respect for this farming couple and their lifestyle. A publisher's note provides a brief description of the problem of illiteracy and the address of Literacy Volunteers of America. The bland and workmanlike cover is the only disappointment in an otherwise touching and inspiring tale.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Pumpkinp. 7
The Secret Agentp. 23
The Fairp. 37