Saturday, October 24, 2009

Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up

Keena Ford's second grade class is going on a field trip to the U.S. Capitol. The class is going to meet a congressman, and Keena wants to discuss her idea for a new law concerning taking turns on who gets to be the "caboose" in line at school. The field trip, like other parts of Keena's life, is a series of hilarious mishaps that don't keep our heroine from bouncing back and trying again.

I was laughing out loud while reading this book. Melissa Thomson's dialogue rings true and Frank Morrison's illustrations show you the situations as a second grader would see them. The early chapter book crowd (or anyone with a sense of humor) will be rooting for Keena Ford and looking forward to more books featuring this lively second grader.

If you are looking to teach voice or stretching a small moment in writing, the scissors scene is a great small moment.

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