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The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

by Judy Blume, Judy Blume

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I read this book once many years, but didn't remember until I saw the pictures. Amy Aitken's delightful illistrations enhances the story. I enjoyed ready about how Freddy Dissel found a way to be himself and to come to terms with being the overlooked one. This is an excellent book to read to young kids who may feel they get lost in the shuffle. I highly recommend. ( )
  empress8411 | Jun 24, 2014 |
I like this book because of its central message. The central message of the book is to be comfortable with who you are and recognize that you are important and have your own individual talents. In the beginning of the story, Freddy is upset because he feels like he never gets attention in his household. He has an older brother that always gets new clothes and a little sister who never can play the way he wants to. He feels like there is nothing that he can do, and he also feels unimportant and doesn’t feel like he has anything to call his own. This is until he gets the part in the school play as the green kangaroo. This gives Freddy confidence and makes him feel special and that he has something of his own that he is good at. The conclusion of the story is that he is no longer worried about getting his older brother’s old clothes or sharing a room, and he is finally satisfied with what he has because he knows he is his own person. Overall, I think this is a great message for younger readers. It can be used in a lesson to discuss important traits that each child has. The topic of siblings can be discussed also and that how even though siblings may share a lot of things, everyone is unique. ( )
  awalls4 | Mar 30, 2014 |
As the middle child, Freddy does not feel very special, until a school play gives him a chance to shine. This is a very nice chapter book for early readers. Characterization and pacing is quite right for the intended audience. The whole work gives the intended age group quality literature that they don't usually get. ( )
  MissyAnn | Feb 11, 2014 |
I loved how the story showed how the middle child found his place, becuase he felt lost. I think that children will be able to relate to that and maybe it will help them to find something of their own.
  eleanor.robbins | Jan 26, 2012 |
Kids can relate to being an older, middle or younger child, and this book puts each position in the family in perspective. ( )
  bamabreezin4 | Feb 19, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440467314, Paperback)

Lately second grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life can be lonely when you're the middle kid in the family who feels like "the peanut butter part of a sandwich," squeezed between an older brother and little sister. But now for the first time it's Freddy's chance to show everyone how special he is and, most of all, prove it to himself!

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Freddy hates being the middle one in the family until he gets a part in the school play.

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