The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo
The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

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Annotation: Second-grader Freddy hates being the middle one in the family until he gets a part in the school play.
Catalog Number: #87927
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 1981
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Ohi, Debbie Ridpath,
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-41131-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-83322-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-41131-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-83322-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014007152
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The third incarnation of Blume's first published book, this has the same text as the 1981 edition (illustrated by Aitken), but features new design, new type, and new artwork by Trivas. Sticklers for detail may wonder why Freddy's green cosmetic freckles seem to disappear, then reappear during scenes of the school play; but Trivas' bouncy, good-natured illustrations seem destined to charm even the most critical viewers. With larger, more generously spaced type, the 1981 version was better suited for independent reading; this edition seems better designed for reading aloud to children. (Reviewed Oct. 15, 1991)
Horn Book
Blume's well-known story about the middle sibling finding independence through a part in the school play is reissued with new relaxed, comfortable illustrations.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- First published in 1969 with turquoise and yellow pictures by Lois Axeman (Reilly & Lee, 1969; o.p.), this was substantially updated and revised in 1981 (Bradbury) and reillustrated in black and white by Amy Aitken. That same text has now been reillustrated by Trivas in bright watercolor washes and black crayon line. The multiracial cast of fifth- and sixth-graders still welcome the second-grader; Freddy still proudly sheds his resentment over being ranked as the ``one in the middle'' of his siblings; and the theme of being glad to be you is still validly presented. Trivas's lively renderings depict contemporary children and settings in an edition sized to match her reillustrated version of Blume's The Pain and the Great One (Bradbury, 1984). --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Word Count: 1,482
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 679 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.1 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q08668
Lexile: 500L
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

Can Freddy leap past his middle-child malaise? This classic story from Judy Blume has a fresh new look!

Freddy Dissel has two problems. One is his older brother, Mike. The other is his younger sister, Ellen. That leaves Freddy in the middle, feeling like the peanut butter part of a sandwich, squeezed between two pieces of bread like a great big middle nothing.

So when Freddy hears about the school play, he knows it’s his chance to shine—even if the play is being put on by the big kids, and even if Mike says that everybody can jump. But nobody can jump quite as well as Freddy, which makes him the perfect Green Kangaroo—and the star of the show!

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