Reading Corner

Mr. George Baker
by Amy Hest, illustrated by Jon J. Muth (Candlewick, 2004).
Mr.George Baker is one hundred years old! Monday through Friday, he sits on his porch with his 6-year-old neighbor, Harry, awaiting the arrival of the big yellow school bus that will take them off to learn to read. The book contains stunning watercolors by 2006 Caldecott honoree, Jon J Muth. Krisha Roach

    It's Test Day, Tiger Turcotte
by Pansie Hart Flood, illustrated by Amy Wummer. (Lerner Publishing Group, 2004).
Tiger Turcotte is nervous about taking a standardized test. His biggest problem, though, is filling out the racial identification section of the test because he is multiracial. Themes of racial or ethnic identity and pride are incorporated in the plot.
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