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Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores…

Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Other authors: Abby Carter (Illustrator)

Series: Andy Shane (1)

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Andy gains the help of his Grandma Webb with teaching the school know-it-all, Dolores Starbuckle a lesson. ( )
  MelAKnee | Nov 22, 2011 |
Andy Shane begins to dread going to school because of the behavior of one block head--Dolores Starbuckle. Dolores torments Andy--she tells on him, she bosses him around, she corrects him, and is especially mean to him while he withers submissively and begs not to go to school. As in Henke's Chrysanthemum, this verbal harassment goes unchecked by the classroom teacher--who does not like it but fails to intervene. It is up to Granny Webb to help Andy regain his confidence.
While i enjoyed the much of the story and found the situation poor Andy found himself in very realistic, I was dissatisfied with the ending. Unlike Chrysanthemum, where the main character regains her confidence AND the bully gets a well deserved come uppence, Andy and Dolores become friends with no explanation and no mea culpas from the bully. Not a good lesson for either child. Still, a good chance to start some very important conversations with our children. ( )
  bplma | Sep 6, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763630446, Paperback)

With insight and humor, Jennifer Richard Jacobson explores a common childhood anxiety and finds a quiet way to boost self-esteem, aided by Abby Carter's expressive illustrations.

Andy Shane did not want to be in school. He did not want to be at morning meeting. He did not want to sit up straight on the rug.

Andy Shane would much rather be home catching bugs with Granny Webb than sitting in class with the likes of know-it-all Dolores Starbuckle. Any minute, Dolores is likely to shout out, 'Ms. Janice, someone's not sitting properly!" or "Ms. Janice, someone's misusing the math materials!" (meaning him, of course). At rhyme time, the words bug and rug get stuck in Andy's throat while Dolores yells out of turn, "Hullabaloo and Kalamazoo!"

"I hate school," he blurts out at the end of the day to Granny Webb, who is sympathetic but firm. But when Granny makes a surprise visit to school with a monarch caterpillar, everyone is mesmerized and Andy remembers how much he knows about insects himself. Even Dolores Starbuckle can't help but be impressed!

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Andy Shane hates school, mainly because of a tattletale know-it-all named Dolores Starbuckle, but Granny Webb, who has taken care of him all his life, joins him in class one day and helps him solve the problem.

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