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Danitra Brown, Class Clown

Danitra Brown, Class Clown

Fall 2005 Poetry
Ages: 7 - 9 yrs.
Author: Nikki Grimes
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
ISBN: 0-688-17291-1
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Danitra Brown and Zuri are starting a new school year. They may be best friends, but they view the world through very different lenses. Zuri is apprehensive, particularly because of her fear of math; Danitra is lively and optimistic. When Zuri passes a foolish note which is intercepted by a class bully, Danitra plays the role of clown to save her friend.

In this book of sequential school poems, Nikki Grimes brings the personalities of two girls to life, and captures the universality of their school experiences. The watercolor pictures by E. B. Lewis are playful when the girls are. When the characters are troubled, Lewis conveys a pensively sympathetic mood through facial expressions and body language.

Kemie Nix   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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