FIRST GRADE TAKES A TEST by Miriam Cohen

FIRST GRADE TAKES A TEST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Cohen/Hoban first grade glass is disrupted when the children are tested and Anna Mafia is transferred to a special class for the smart. Their nice teacher assures the others (whose problems with the multiple choice questions Cohen puts across with understanding humor) that they are not dummies, and applauds Jim when--illustrating the kinds of skills that are fostered here--he suggests weighing two cookies to show that Sara's fatter one and Danny's wider one are equal. At last, though, Anna Maria returns to the group, having decided that ""the first grade needs me."" A well-taken demonstration of the limitations of standardized testing and a cheery one of the spirit of community that prevails in this first grade, this is nevertheless a heavy lesson for other first-graders and perhaps more useful for college ""ed psych"" students.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1981
ISBN: 1595720545
Publisher: Greenwillow