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 Princess Posey and the perfect present (Princess Posey)
 Author: Greene, Stephanie

 Publisher:  Puffin Books (2011)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 85 p., ill., 20 cm.

 BTSB No: 397277 ISBN: 9780399254628
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Subjects:
 Teachers -- Fiction
 School stories
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $13.87

Summary:
2 -- For first-grader Posey, every school day is great until her teacher's birthday, when her best friend's gift of an enormous bouquet puts Posey's few, home-grown roses to shame.

 Illustrator: Sisson, Stephanie Roth


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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 143864
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 54892

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/11)
   School Library Journal (08/01/11)
   Booklist (03/01/11)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (04/11)
 The Hornbook (03/11)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2011 Excited about her beloved teacher’s birthday, Posey gathers a few roses from her garden and takes them to school. Her anticipation sours, though, when Nikki gives their teacher an enormous bunch of flowers. Posey hides her gift and quarrels with Nikki but manages to hold her tears until she gets home. The story’s pitch-perfect expression of Posey’s emotions is reflected in the many lively, black-and-white illustrations. With 10 short chapters, books in the Princess Posey series straddle the line between beginning readers and early chapter books—a natural bridge from one to the other. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.

Bulletin for the Center... - 04/01/2011 After overcoming a serious case of first-day jitters (in Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade, BCCB 6/10), Posey is now a seasoned first-grader, bravely negotiating the long hallways of Middle Pond School and tackling the important tasks of reading, writing, and arithmetic with ease. Posey’s newfound confidence is due in large part to her saintly teacher, Miss Lee; with Miss Lee’s birthday coming up, Posey is determined that her present be perfect, so that Miss Lee will know that Posey thinks her teacher is special and that maybe, just maybe, Miss Lee will think Posey is special as well. When Posey’s best friend shows up Posey’s home-grown roses with a beautiful bouquet, Posey is understandably heartbroken, until she puts on her special pink tutu and thinks of the perfect after-birthday present. It is an impressive feat when just a few short sentences can relay the complicated relationship dynamics as perceived by a first-grader, but Greene does it again and again as she chronicles Posey’s emotional endeavors with tenderness and compassion. Pitch-perfect in tone and and spot-on with age-appropriate issues, this second installment in the series maintains its predecessor’s charming accessibility. Young readers will relate to Posey’s need to feel special in the eyes of one she admires, and they’ll be delighted when she finds a way to do so while remaining true to herself. Sisson’s softly textured art adds to the book’s overall cozy appeal, making this a satisfying choice for transitional readers. KQG - Copyright 2011 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

School Library Journal - 08/01/2011 Gr 1–2—Posey thinks she has found the perfect birthday present for her first-grade teacher, one that will show her just how special she is. Then her best friend arrives with a gift that outshines hers, and Posey is hurt and angry. Her mother helps her cope with her feelings and resolve her problem. Greene's simple writing style and straightforward plot is ideal for advanced first graders or beginning second-grade readers. Charming illustrations and short chapters add to the ease of reading for children wanting more text than Jane O'Connor's "Fancy Nancy" books (HarperCollins) and the like have to offer. Though this book's appeal may be narrow, it fills a need for short, simple chapter books.—Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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