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Measuring Angels
Contributor(s): Lesley, Ely, Dunbar, Polly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1845076397     ISBN-13: 9781845076399
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.95  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: November 2008
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Annotation: The narrator of "Measuring Angels" hates school. It gets even worse when Sophie, a bully and a gossip, becomes her partner for a new science project: to make a sunflower grow. When Sophie snatches the seed and shoves it into the ground, the two girls argue and the little plant does not thrive. "That sunflower is not happy," says the teacher. So the two girls decide to make a cardboard angel to watch over the plant and help it grow. Will the angel also help them understand and like each other? Lesley Ely's persuasive narrative and Polly Dunbar's beautiful artwork bring this timely tale to life.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sunflowers; Fiction.
Angels; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Bullying
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2008028424
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 8.75" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 128324
Reading Level: 2.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 March)

PreS-Gr 2—When Miss Miles assigns a sunflower-growing competition and pairs the narrator with her former friend, Sophie, the animosity between the partners has a negative effect on their seedling. Their teacher observes, "This sunflower isn't happy" and suggests talking to it. With the aid of classmate Gabriel, the girls build a cardboard angel to watch over the pot. These cooperative efforts not only help their plant thrive ("It stood straight! It stood tall! It was strong!"), but also renew their relationship. Dunbar's sunny collage illustrations show a curly-haired, smiling angel who resembles the teacher. While the book is not an essential purchase, the rocky emotional terrain of feuding friends is ably conveyed.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

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