Keena Ford doesn't mean to be a troublemaker, but sometimes things get out of hand. Lucky for her, it's the beginning of the second grade and Keena's got a clean slate. So when her new second-grade teacher, Ms. Campbell, mistakenly thinks it's her birthday and brings in a huge chocolate cake, Keena realizes that she's gotten herself into a sticky situation. She knows she has to tell the truth, but it's not easy to turn down her very own birthday cake and a chance to wear a sparkly crown. How will Keena get out of this mess?
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Oh, it’s bad when you make a mistake in 2nd grade! Here’s help.
This book is a great short read with refreshing and beautiful illustrations. Both author and illustrator get a lot of genuine emotion into the book without being cutesy or resorting to cliché. In 36 pages, Keena faces problems every second-grader can relate to--friendship, being in the same class, or not, deciding whether to give a frenemy a second-chance, loyalty to a beloved teacher, relating to both parents, and the general upheaval of life changing from first to second grade.
Perfect for the second-graders or almost second-graders in your life.
Note: The illustrations are even lovely on a black & white ebook reader which is quite something.
Great concept, my students enjoyed it