Dragontales: Cassie Builds a Bridge
When an errant dragonball knocks down the bridge between the grasslings and the fairies, how will they build it back in time for the fair? Cassie and the other lovable dragons of this series learn a lesson in teamwork.
We also read Miss Nelson is Missing! Caitlin loves this book. Miss Nelson's class doesn't appreciate her calm and gentle demeanor. She suddenly disappears and is replaced by the ill-tempered Viola Swamp. The children are desperate to find out what happened to their sweet teacher.
Karen says this is a good way to introduce the idea of character and comparison and contrast. What does the reader know about Miss Nelson that the students in the book do not? How are Miss Nelson and Viola Swamp the same? How are they different? It also allows you to talk about point of view. What can the story do in third person that it couldn't do in first person?
There's always the moral of the story: You don't appreciate what you have until it it gone.
We also have Miss Nelson is Back. Miss Nelson really is sick this time, but her new class plays a really mean trick on their substitute teacher. So, of course, it's time for Viola Swamp to make an appearance.