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The talent show
Edwards, Michelle.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Harcourt, [2002]

Physical Description:
56 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Second-grader Howardina Geraldina Paulina Maxina Gardenia Smith is sure she will be the star of the talent show, but when she gets up to sing at the dress rehearsal, she gets stage fright.
General Note:
"A Jackson friends book."
Reading Level:
300 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 64121.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 31877 Guided reading level: L.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Readers
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Readers

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Jackson Magnet is having a talent show. Howie is excited because everyone--mothers, fathers, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, kids, even the Channel Seven News Team--will be there to hear her sing. But at the final dress rehearsal in front of the entire school, she gets so scared she can't perform her song. Will Howie make it through Opening Night?
In the third book of her Jackson Friends series, Michelle Edwards uses gentle humor to transform a familiar experience into a moving and triumphant story that's just right for beginning readers.

Author Notes

MICHELLE EDWARDS is the author-illustrator of the books in the Jackson Friends series as well as several acclaimed picture books, including Chicken Man , winner of the National Jewish Book Award. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. The latest entry into the Jackson Friends series stars second-grader Howardina Smith, who is excited about the class talent show; even the local news channel will be there. But on the day of the dress rehearsal, something happens that Howie never expected: she gets stage fright. It's tough, but with the support of her grandmother and a strong tug on her own inner resources, Howie finds what she needs to have her moment in the sun. Like the other books in the series, this combines strong characterizations with a heartfelt story that touches on real emotions. The pen-and-ink and watercolor-and-gouache artwork is very imaginative, but just a few spots of color might have been nice. A spread at the conclusion discusses stage fright; there's also a short profile of each member of the Jackson friends. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-An engaging, sensitive story about an African-American child overcoming stage fright. Howardina Geraldina Paulina Maxina Gardenia Smith embraces thoughts of stardom with a passion. On the morning of the Jackson Magnet Talent Show, she dresses herself while thinking about the final rehearsal before the entire school, Opening Night, and the delectable party afterward. In class, the second grader can barely concentrate on her math problems and quickly writes down some answers hoping that they are right. "Good luck," says her teacher as Howie hands in her paper. But when it is her turn to perform, she experiences pangs of stage fright and loses her voice. Grandma comes to her rescue and allows Howie to work through her nervousness and decide whether or not she is going to appear on Opening Night. The author's expressive black-and-white, pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations capture the emotions of Howie and her friends. This fine beginning chapter book concludes with an explanation of stage fright.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Howiep. 1
Mathp. 9
Almostp. 15
No Voicep. 21
The Ridep. 27
Homep. 33
The Dressp. 39