Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One (series #2)
What You Need to Know:|
• Another fabulous series by the venerable Judy Blume.
• This series is geared towards a younger Blume reader, think younger than the Fudge books.
• The stories in these collections have very relatable issues for young readers and are all done with a great amount of
humor and candor.
• Each chapter is a stand-alone story, which makes this a great shared reading book before bed and also a wonderful book for your Reader, Sr, to tackle alone.
• I just love how Blume doesn't condescend to children. It goes without saying that this series is really well-written.
The stories will hold your child's attention and show them the writing process at top form.
Sweet Series Background:|
This early-chapter book series is about a set of siblings, the Pain and the Great One, who are, respectively, a first grade boy and a third grade girl. Love the names! Blume has said they are based on her own children; that the original story was written at home with a house full of her children's friends, when her children were six and eight years old. It was originally published as a poem for "Free to Be You and Me." Then Blume published an illustrated picture book called The Pain and the Great One, and now we can enjoy these sassy characters in this delightful chapter book series.
As in all of Blume's books, she is completely honest with her young readers and she doesn't shy away from any issues. This new series is no different, albeit written for a bit younger reader than those that devour the Fudge books.The chapters are actually interconnected, short stories about everyday things in the lives of the Pain and the Great One.
In Cool Zone, Judy Blume tackles the mysteries and hardships of growing up with honesty, humor and with complete candor, written through the eyes of a child. This volume about the Pain and the Great One contains stories about bullies, losing your first tooth, dealing with still having a lovey (a stuffed elephant that is falling apart, in this case), chasing games on the playground (which really means you like that boy!), wanting to change the name your parents gave you and speech issues. Under subject matter in the review highlights, mild concerns is checked just in case your reader is being bullied, you will want to be aware the second story is about bullying, and has a wonderful resolution.
2008, 128 pages
Excellent Read-Aloud, Growing Up, Family Life, Humor, Bullying