Katie Woo Rules the School by Fran ManushkinFour Katie Woo books originally published as stand-alone easy readers have been gathered into this attractive collection entitled Katie Woo Rules the School. In each story, Katie faces a different situation in her classroom. Katie and the Class Pet is the predictable story of Katie bringing the class guinea pig home for the weekend and nearly losing him. No More Teasing offers effective solutions for classroom bullying. The Big Lie deals with the theft of a classmate’s toy and lying to cover it up. Star of the Show focuses on the class play, in which Katie has a much more significant role than she realizes. Each story teaches a lesson that can easily apply to any child’s day-to-day life at school.
Because they are now in a compilation, the four books included here are no longer divided into their own short chapters. It is almost as though each story is a chapter unto itself, a fact that is likely to attract new readers who are anxious to start reading “big kid” books. The illustrations remain, which is wonderful, because they’re adorable and they offer just the right amount of clues to help readers decode what they read. In this new format, Katie Woo suddenly seems to fit into the same category as characters like Mr. Putter and Tabby, Frog and Toad, and Mercy Watson, all of whom star in longer, thicker easy readers. The transitional time when kids move from easy readers to chapter books is a tricky one for some people - especially parents - and this new format for Katie Woo fills a real need for easy-to-read books that more closely resemble chapter books.
I have always loved Katie Woo, and this book has made me excited about her all over again. Don’t miss the suggestions at the back of the book for activities related to the stories, and also be on the lookout for Katie Woo and Friends, another compilation to be published along with Katie Woo Rules the School in August. Katie Woo and Friends will include the stories previously published as Boss of the World, The Tricky Tooth, Goodbye to Goldie, and Katie Goes Camping.
Katie in the Kitchen
Katie Woo wanted to help her mom, so she started dinner on her own. She was enjoying her time in the kitchen when she heard a strange noise. Was there a ghost cooking up something too? This lively and entertaining book centers around a young girl Katie who decides to help her mother make dinner while her mother is away. She hears a strange noise and is frightened that there is a ghost in the house.
My Favorite Things: Favorite foods: Olives, spaghetti, ice cream and birthday cake. Favorite sport: Soccer. Pets: I have a little gray cat named Sweet Pea, who I like to cuddle up with. I also had a dog, Goldie, who died. I will always love and remember Goldie. Pedro, JoJo and I enjoy riding on the school bus, playing in the park, and going camping. Like any friends, we sometimes argue, but we always make up.
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I was given these super cute books, free of charge, for purposes of this review. The Katie Woo early chapter books each feature four stories and colorful illustrations throughout and are perfect for explaining life changes, family celebrations and growing up. The fun, light-hearted stories focus on Katie in school and the challenges and experiences that life as a first grader brings — perfect for young girls settling in to school this year. The world of Katie Woo is packed with videos, downloadable activity pages, recipes, and more — check it all out here at Capstone Kids. She always ends up in some mischief, but she figures out the right thing to do before the story ends. Everyone has a bad day once in awhile, even Katie!