THE FABLED FOURTH GRADERS OF AESOP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL by Candace Fleming

THE FABLED FOURTH GRADERS OF AESOP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Age Range: 7 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

No teacher wants to teach this year’s fourth-grade class at Aesop Elementary. Just as Mrs. Struggles, the principal, is about to give up, Mr. Jupiter appears with a flawlessly huge resume. The class tests him, but he wins them over as the year progresses through these 23 stories. As the title and school’s name hint, there’s an Aesop connection. Each of the stories has a moral straight out of a fable. Calvin’s troubles with math lead him to wish he was back in unproblematic kindergarten. He becomes the class helper in a class of Stepford kids to the tune of “be careful what you wish for.” In another, librarian—wait for it—Ms. Paige Turner uses the lure of International Geographic to teach Lenny and Bruce the Dewey Decimal System: “necessity is the mother. . . . ” Here’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School married to Aesop. Despite a Dewey error and some humor over the head of the target audience, this is a winner, and the final story seems to promise a fifth-grade sequel. (Fiction. 7-11)

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-375-83672-5
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2007




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