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Kenya's Word [Hardcover]

Trice Linda

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Book Description

Feb. 1 2006
When Mrs. Garcia asks the class to bring in their favorite animal word, Kenya brings in a real, live tarantula! What will Kenya do when her teacher asks her to bring in her favorite describing word?

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570918872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570918872
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–When her homework assignment is to bring in the word that names your favorite kind of pet, Kenya isnt listening, and she comes to class with her tarantula. When asked to be prepared to talk about favorite foods, the girl brings in a paper bag with ice cream that melts all over her desk. And when her teacher asks the students to bring in their favorite describing word, Kenya spends the weekend thinking about adjectives. She chooses Black…all the colors of the rainbow together, and the color of all of her favorite things. Unfortunately, the black is beautiful message seems a tad too obvious and forced. The average-quality paintings are warm and energetic, and avoid distracting detail. The style enhances the text for young readers trying to grasp the concepts of nouns and adjectives. Useful for reinforcing lessons on parts of speech and for eliciting discussions of ethnic respect.–Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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From Booklist

Gr. 1-3. A bit of a dreamer, Kenya is not the best listener in class. When asked to bring in "the word that names your favorite kind of pet," she brings her tarantula to school and causes a sensation. Rather than the name of her favorite food, she brings a carton of ice cream, which melts messily. Then the class moves from naming words to describing words. Kenya observes and discusses the qualities of foods, jazz, and colors before deciding on her favorite describing word, black, which contains all the colors of the rainbow. Beyond its obvious links to elementary-school skills and black pride, this book offers a nicely paced story of a girl who makes mistakes along the way, but applies herself and does well in the end. From the multiracial classroom to the African American home and community, the colorful paintings convincingly depict Kenya's school classroom as well as the supportive people who help her succeed. Carolyn Phelan
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book Feb. 24 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
My folks gave me this book. They said it would help me understand about nouns and adjectives.

I thought it was just a lot of fun. I really liked the scene when the spider got loose and scared the kids.

Jake Houseman, age 9, Kenway, Iowa
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story that Every Little Girl should read! Sept. 3 2013
By Angela of Color Me Purple - Published on Amazon.com
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"Kenya's Word" gives readers a glimpse into the head of an articulate, refreshingly honest adolescent who doesn't quite think or behave like other little girls in her class. At times the storybook is humorous and at other times it is poignant and somewhat sad for it reminds many of us grown girls of episodes in our youth when we didn't exactly fit in! Kenya's strength of character is a lesson for all of us to share with all of our baby girls.

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