Friday, February 8, 2013

Just Grace and the Double Surprise by Charise Harper - ADVISABLE

Harper, Charise Mericle  Just Grace and the Double Surprise, 167 pages.  Houghton Mifflin, 2011.  $14.99  Content: G.  

Grace lives next door to her best friend Mimi.  Mimi is waiting for a new baby sister that her parents are trying to adopt.  Everyday Mimi waits until the last minute to go to school, in case her parents get the phone call.  Mimi and Grace come up with all sorts of plans for the new baby sister, but when Mimi finally goes to get her sister, she returns with a three year old brother.  Mimi’s disappointment about not having a sister is eventually overcome when she realizes that her new brother, Robert, is fun and that he loves her too.  A subplot throughout the book is that Grace gets a new girl dog, Mr. Scruffers.  Grace explains all the reasons she loves taking care of her dog.  

I like all the books in the Just Grace series because the characters have good values.  Grace is a good friend who is patient with Mimi when she is grumpy or distracted.  Grace is also empathetic and a problem solver.  I think this book is a good book for girls in the 2nd-4th grade.  There are lots of simple drawings to illustrate the story.  

EL - ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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