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Stacey Coolidge's Fancy Smancy Cursive Handwriting

Stacey Coolidge's Fancy Smancy Cursive Handwriting

Spring 2008 Homework Helpers
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Author: Barbara Esham
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
Illustrator: Carl Gordon
ISBN: 978-1-60336-462-1
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Carolyn, a second grader, is confident, funny, good at skateboarding… and really struggles with cursive writing. She even gets to school early to get a head start practicing her daily cursive assignments. She tries and tries, but is convinced that her cursive writing will never be as neat, as perfect, as Stacey Coolidge's.

Mrs. Thompson knows that Carolyn is frustrated and wants to help. A good teacher, she explains to Carolyn that cursive handwriting is simply a tool and that writing is really about ideas and creativity. And although Mrs. Thompson encourages Carolyn to keep practicing, she gently instructs Carolyn to cultivate her strengths and not let her struggles define her. A good lesson for all.

Jenny Rich   ©2008 Parents' Choice

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