Friday, September 28, 2012

SOMETHING SPECIAL by Nicola Moon, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     2 - 6
AR Quiz No. 21397 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

In Miss Brown's class, Friday is Special Day. Each child brings in something that is special to them.  Charlie is trying to find something to take and is frustrated because his mother is too busy caring for his new baby sister, Sally, to help him.  He misses one Friday and as the next one approaches, he still hasn't decided what to take.

Always busy, his mother is trying to bake cookies while Sally is napping, so she's no help. To top it off, Sally starts fussing in her crib and Mom tells Charlie to go play with the baby so she can get the cookies out of the oven!  Already unhappy with Sally, Charlie grumbles all the way to the bedroom.  When he gets there he grabs one of Sally's little toys and half-heartedly gives it a shake.  Sally stops crying!! As Charlie reaches out to touch Sally's tiny hand, she grabs onto his finger. Charlie thinks, "That feels kind of nice!"  Just then, Sally gives Charlie a BIG smile and right then and there Charlie knows what he will take to school on Special Day.

Something Special is great to read to new brothers and sisters who are feeling like they have been replaced and are no longer important to Mom and Dad. It opens the door for discussion about the care a new baby needs, how that makes the older child feel, and that Mom and Dad have enough love for all of their children.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Something Special can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/99y5bjf and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.



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