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The Recess Queen

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Alexis O'Neill
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith
Date of Publication: 2002
ISBN: 0439206375
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2002

Synopsis: (from the publisher) In this sassy playground romp, the irrepressible new kid dethrones the reigning recess bully by doing the unthinkable...she invites her to be her friend. Alexis O'Neill's rollicking read-aloud text and Laura Huliska-Beith's exuberant illustrations blend flawlessly. From an exciting new marriage of talent, here's a fresh look at the all-too-common issue of bullying. Not only will kids relate, but parent and teachers will appreciate the story's deft handling of conflict resolution (achieved without adult intervention).

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Make yourself a crown like Queen Jean, and decorate with your favorite scenes from the book.
•  Tell/draw the story from Katie Sue's point of view.
•  Draw your favorite playground games.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!