Sassy: Little Sister is Not My Name
In the first book in the Sassy series, Sassy tries to make her family see that she is more grown-up than they think. She has her own style, her own preferences, and she definitely does not want to blend in. She carries a "Sassy sack," which is sparkly and full of tools that help if she gets into a jam. This is a girl who can save the day with style!
This is a charming realistic fiction slice-of-life book. No one is going to lose their dog or get divorced; there are simple problems sorted into chapters, like a classmate getting stuck in a chair, or the microphone system not working when her grandmother visits school for a storytelling presentation. This happy girl living a pretty carefree life might be a lovely book for some students to pick up and enjoy.
At just over 100 pages with fairly accessible vocabulary, it sits in a good range for third graders or advanced second graders, but fourth graders will like it, too. While the sentences are clean and reasonably simple, this book never feels like a teaching tool with repetitive sentence rhythms or deliberate vocabulary. It's simply a fun story that lets a regular elementary kid have a lot of wins.
"Style and flair come from within. If you feel elegant on the inside, you'll look lovely no matter what."
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