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Keeping up with Roo
Glenn, Sharlee Mullins.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2004]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations 24 cm
Gracie has always had a special bond with her Aunt Roo, who is mentally disabled, but that relationship starts to change when Gracie begins school.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 78070.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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Gracie and her aunt Roo are best friends. Roo has the heart and mind of a child, and she's always had a knack for finding the best ways to have fun together. But now Gracie's getting older, and her feelings about Roo are changing. She doesn't always have time to play anymore. She worries about what her new school friend will think of strange Roo. Does growing up mean she'll have to leave her best friend behind? In a realistic, heartwarming story about a little girl's relationship with her beloved aunt who is mentally challenged, Glenn reminds us of the gifts we all bring to the world, and to each other. The world is comprised of all kinds of teachers.

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Gracie and her aunt Roo are best friends. On the farm where Roo lives with Grandma and Grandpa, they climb trees and play school, with Gracie always the student. Eventually, however, Gracie becomes the teacher, having advanced beyond Roo's limited capabilities. When a school friend visits, Gracie is embarrassed to introduce her to her aunt, but as she shows the girl around, she realizes all Roo has done for her. Anyone who has grown up with an older developmentally challenged relative will know the odd sensation of growing mentally beyond someone who is chronologically older, and Glenn does a good job of portraying Gracie's push-pull feelings. The problem is that children might not immediately catch on to the situation. The flap copy explains that Roo has the heart and mind of a child, but the book shows Roo as someone who calms Gracie as a baby and teaches her how to walk. Adreasen's graphite-and-oil art has a vintage feel that mitigates the problem somewhat, and the artwork's air of innocence, especially the expressions on Roo's face, is a clue to Roo's childlike nature. With some adult explanation, this will have many uses. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Gracie has always had a special relationship with her Aunt Roo, who is mentally challenged, and the two spend endless hours playing together. However, as Gracie grows up, goes to school, and makes new friends, she is forced to recognize that her aunt is different from other grown-ups. When a new friend comes home with her for a visit, Gracie is at first embarrassed by her aunt's outlandish behavior. As she remembers all of the fun times she has shared with the woman, however, she eventually introduces Sarah to Roo, and invites her to participate in their games. Occasional changes of verb tense interrupt the story's flow, and muted, old-fashioned illustrations and language set this story in a nostalgic past that may seem distant to today's readers. Still, children may glean something positive from this honest depiction of Gracie's acceptance of her aunt.-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.