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Just Grace

Harper, Charise Mericle (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.
Authors: Harper, Charise Mericle
Title: Just Grace
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007
Characteristics: 138 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: written and illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper
Summary: Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.
ISBN: 9780618646425
0618646426
Branch Call Number: j HARPER
Subject Headings: Empathy Juvenile fiction Neighbors Juvenile fiction Schools Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Empathy
Neighbors
Schools
LCCN: 2006017062
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Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire. First in a series.


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Aug 27, 2012
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Things are still difficult for Grace. There are four Graces in her class and her teacher refuses to call her anything except "Just Grace". One of the other Graces is still a big meany and seems to enjoy taunting her. But when Grace finds out that she is going to miss school to visit her grandmother, she is initially excited that she will get to escape these troubles. That is until an interesting new boy who can walk on his hands moves in next door to her best friend and next door neighbour Mimi. Now Grace is worried that her absences will lead to Mimi not being her best friend. Can Grace figure out a way to make it all better?

This second novel in the Just Grace series is a nice story of navigating friendships in late primary. Grace works through her problems, and realizes that they weren't as bad as she imagined and that others may have it just as rough as she does, thus developing her empathy super power.

A lovely early chapter book addition for the primary or special education classroom.

Jul 20, 2012
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Grace is an interesting girl. Her plea to her teacher to be called "just Grace" in the face of four girls with the same name in her class turns that simple request into her nickname for the rest for the year. Just Grace like photography, cats, drawing comics and her downstairs neighbour who is a fashionable French flight attendant. She does not like Sammy (who spit grape juice on her at her 6th birthday party), Grace F. (who is just a big meanie) and being called "Just Grace".

When Grace learns that her next door neighbour, Mrs. Luther has plenty of reasons to be sad (not the least of which is regular visits from the above mentioned Sammy), she becomes determined to cheer her up. With help of her best friend Mimi, Grace makes postcards of Mrs. Luther's cat Crinkles to send to her. When Crinkles goes missing, Grace knows she has to find her before someone blames her for the disappearance.

This is a lovely early chapter book for girls in Grade 2 & 3. Grace's love of comics gives the author the narrative excuse to insert illustrations in the story, making it an easier read for the beginning reader. Good for any library or primary teacher collection.

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Jun 24, 2014
  • madelinpradelin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

madelinpradelin thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 10

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