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Butterfly buddies
Cox, Judy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2001.
Physical Description:
86 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Third grader Robin has a series of mishaps and learns the value of honesty as she tries to become best friends with Zoey, her partner for a class project on raising butterflies. Includes butterfly care tips.
Reading Level:
290 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.0 1.0 54677.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.1 4 Quiz: 26467 Guided reading level: M.
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Robin feels so ordinary next to the new girl in her third-grade class. How can Robin impress Zoey who has pierced ears, wears tap shoes, and speaks French? She's sure a cool girl like Zoey wouldn't want to be her best friend. Robin's excited when their teacher Miss Wing makes the girls partners for the butterfly project. But what if she blows her big chance at being best buddies?

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. Third-grader Robin has an anxious end-of-the year when a new teacher and then a new classmate arrive. Robin admires both and desperately wants to be liked, so she looks for and creates similarities between herself and the newcomers. First she tries to wear the same shoes, and then she dons a pair of garage-sale glasses (both teacher and classmate are four-eyes), even though the prescription lenses blur her perfect vision. Her lie about needing glasses eats away at her conscience, though, and she comes clean in the end, with reassuring results. Written in simple, highly descriptive language that brings settings and characters alive, and sprinkled with lively drawings, this warmhearted friendship story is a good choice for readers transitioning to chapter books. Young ones will relate to Robin's fear of change and her yearning to be accepted, and they'll enjoy her supportive family, made up of a single mom, an older sister, and a care-taking, cookie-baking grandpa. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Robin is nervous about getting a new teacher, but Miss Wing turns out to be exotic and exciting, especially because she wears cool, red high-tops just like hers. She and Zoey, a new girl in the class, are assigned to be partners on a science project and are given a caterpillar to observe and write about daily. This device and a "tips" section provide readers with a basic knowledge of the butterfly's life cycle. The third grader hopes to gain the teacher's admiration and Zoey's friendship by dressing like them, to the point of wearing eyeglasses even though she can't see through them. As the butterflies emerge, so does Robin from her pretense. Sims's ink drawings add a pleasant and humorous touch, giving the novel a personality that is reminiscent of Beverly Cleary's "Ramona" books (Morrow). As with the author's Third Grade Pet (1998) and Mean, Mean Maureen Green (2001, both Holiday), readers will find much to relate to in this book.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Robinp. 1
2 Red Sneakersp. 6
3 "Third-Grade Snots"p. 12
4 A Caterpillar Named Marvinp. 19
5 Tap Shoesp. 24
6 "I See Paris, I See France"p. 32
7 The Yard Salep. 39
8 Four-eyed Twinsp. 44
9 Marvin Moves Onp. 51
10 Pizza Pit Stopp. 57
11 The Secretp. 64
12 Godzilla the Butterflyp. 71
13 Fly Free, Marvinp. 78
Tips on Caring for Butterfliesp. 83