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When Zachary Beaver Goes to Town Reading Guide [Paperback]

Saddleback Educational Publishing
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Sept. 1 2006 1599051281 978-1599051284 Stg
Struggling readers frequently lack basic reading skills and are not equipped with the prior knowledge and reading strategies to thoroughly engage in the classroom literature experience. Give your students the background and support they need to understand and enjoy literature. With these reading guides, your students will practice reading comprehension skills, sharpen their vocabulary, and learn to identify literary elements. Paperback books range in reading level from 4 to 10. Reproducible.

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“As in her first novel, My Louisiana Sky, Holt humanizes the outsider without sentimentality. . . . Holt reveals the freak in all of us, and the power of redemption.”
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“In her down-to-earth, people-smart way, Holt offers a gift.”
The Horn Book Magazine, Starred


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“As in her first novel, My Louisiana Sky, Holt humanizes the outsider without sentimentality. . . . Holt reveals the freak in all of us, and the power of redemption.”
Booklist, Starred

“In her down-to-earth, people-smart way, Holt offers a gift.”
The Horn Book Magazine, Starred


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1.0 out of 5 stars Why all the hoopla? May 9 2000
Format:Hardcover
In WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN, a small texas town is changed forever when a Freak Show Character comes to visit thier town. Zachary Beaver is advertised as the fattest boy in the world. He is a very unlikeable character. He is unfriendly, rude, and a liar. The author tries to show you that his personality characteristics are essentially reactions to the way people react to him, and how they reacted to his late mother. Cal and Toby befriend Zachary when the barker abandons Zachary. Throughout the story, the boys try to help Zachary fulfill a wish that he had made to his deceased mother.
This book had so much potential, but it was frankly confusing, and didn't flow well at all. Intertwined with the main plot are some subplots that either confuse, or make you question why the author placed them there. Some of the subplots included are Toby's love for an unlikeable and unattainable girl, Cal's brother fighting and being killed in Vietnam, Toby's mom and Dad splitting up so that she can persue a country music career in Nashville, and the strained relationship between Toby and his worm farming father. In my opinion the book was filled with too many cliches and stereotypes. I am also put off by the fact that the Author uses Zachary's size as a source of humor throughout the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Charles from Richview Middle School March 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This particular book is an adventure book because it is entertaining you mainly. There is a kd that lives in Antler Texas. He is having an ok time until another fat kid named Zachary Beaver comes and turns the town upside down.Toby doesn't like this kid much then he ges to know him better.I am finished!
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By Roxy B.
Format:Audio Cassette
This book is about an average kid, Toby, living in a small town and having one person make a huge impact on him. An overweight boy named Zachary, comes into the town by trailer for the town to come look at and make fun of his size. Toby and his best friend Cal's first impression of Zachary is like everyone else's: mean fat boy. Through the book as Toby faces reality of having his mother leave his home, girl problems, he realizes that Zachary isn't just the boy that he seems. Toby looks right through that, and what turns out to be a growing friendship. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone that would like to read a heart warming, exciting, and comforting sweet story. I am 13 years old in 7th grade, and I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. It is one of the best stories I have ever read, and one that I will never forget. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Zachary Beaver Came To Town June 10 2003
Format:Hardcover
The book "When Zachary Beaver Came To Town" by Kimberly Willis Holt is a good book because it is descriptive and sad. It is a good book because lots of exciting things happen. For example, when Zachary gets out of his trailer so he can go watch a drive in movie. The guy that Zachary was with had people pay 2 dollars for people to see him. I thought that was wrong because people shouldn't take other peoples money just to see an overweight kid. People that like suspense would want to read this book and also teenagers. If there were another book of When Zachary Beaver Came To Town I would read it.
By, Mario M
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Zachary Beaver Came To Town June 10 2003
Format:Hardcover
The book "When Zachary Beaver Came To Town" by Kimberly Willis Holt is a good book because it is descriptive and sad. It is a good book because lots of exciting things happen. For example, when Zachary gets out of his trailer so he can go watch a drive in movie. The guy that Zachary was with had people pay 2 dollars for people to see him. I thought that was wrong because people shouldn't take other peoples money just to see an overweight kid. People that like suspense would want to read this book and also teenagers. If there were another book of When Zachary Beaver Came To Town I would read it.
By, Mario M
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By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
It's a quiet day in a small town, when a car pulling a trailer pulls into a parking lot. Written on the trailer is "The Worlds Fattest Boy." As fast as the car pulled in a crowd came.
This story is about a boy named Toby, his friend Cal, and the fattest boy in the world, Zachary. Toby's life is changed throughout the book because of sad, happy, and tragic things that happen. His best friend, Cal, has a brother, Wayne, in the Vietnam War. Cal gets letters from Wayne and reads them as soon as he can to Toby.
Zachary is said to be the fattest boy in the world, but he is not. He becomes a friend with Toby and Cal, so they take him places. Cal snoops Zachary's trailer, to find Zachary's Bible, but it doesn't have his Baptism information. Cal and Toby have a plan to get him baptized, but will need Kate, Cal's sister, to get him to go.
He won't go to a church, so to find out how they baptize Zachary read When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Zachary Beaver Came to town Oct. 16 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
The book was very good. I liked it. I liked the way it was told by the young man named Toby. I enjoyed the way the story and the tail about Zachary beaver. It was interesting how Zachary fell in love with Cal's (Toby's best friend) sister .I thought the "Lady Bug Waltz" (When Toby and his father put lady bugs on to the garden to eat the bad bugs) was a cool idea. I thought it gave great emphasis to the story when Cal's brother Wayne died in the Vietnam War.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book Sept. 30 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I decided to read When Zachary Beaver Came to Town because I have enjoyed a book before by the author. In this book, Toby, the main character, realizes that Antler, Texas is not exactly the most exciting place to grow up. Then, Zachary Beaver, the "fattest boy in the world", comes to their little town hoping to make money as a freak show act. Toby and his best friend Cal meet Zachary and are enthralled with Zachary's stories and tales of the far off places he has been, and as the stories are told, they gradually discover the meaning of friendship, which is the main theme of the book. This was a wonderful book, not only because it was touching, but also because it illustrated that it is not only what is outside, but mostly what is inside that counts. I would recommend this book to anyone, but specifically to fifth through eighth graders because it is not a difficult book to read.
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