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What I Read This
What Do You Do With a Problem by Kobi Yamada
The boy in this story has a problem, which from the illustrations looks like a storm cloud following him. It causes him a lot of worry, but that only makes the problem bigger. The boy realizes he must face his problem and learns that a problem can be turned around into something positive. This would be a great classroom read-aloud to discuss problems and help students understand that it is possible to work through them and overcome them. This is a powerful follow-up to What Do You Do With an Idea?
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book just from knowing that it was about a girl, named Raymie, who wants to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition so that she can get her father back. The story of friendship that emerged surprised me and won me over. I loved that the Three Rancheros, Raymie and her two newfound friends, helped each other with their problems and stuck by one another. The uniqueness and eccentricities of the characters made it a fun read. There was wisdom, as well, such as when Louise asks, "Aren't we all brokenhearted?" making it a meaningful read. I enjoyed this story of friends trying to overcome their heartache.
Rookie of the Year (Rip and Red) by Phil Bildner
This is the second book in the Rip and Red series. Rip and Red are friends who stand by one another and play basketball together. In this book, they have a new classmate, Tiki, who is outspoken and, to them, seems different. Tiki's arrival creates a problem for Red on the basketball team and gets the classmates involved in a plan to do what they feel is right, although it could get them into trouble. Like the first book, there is lots of basketball action which fans of the sport will appreciate. I enjoyed this book, as I did the first one in the series, and I think many of my students will find it engaging.