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Just in Case by Judith Viorst

Just in Case

by Judith Viorst

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I used this book for effective questioning because there are a lot of moments where you can ask what the author might have meant or what the author might have been trying to say. It's all about a boy who prepares for everything, even the impossible. In the end he wasn't prepared to the surprise party that was done just for him. The end lesson was that even though he liked to be prepared for everything, somethings you just can't predict or prepare for. There is a lot to question and plenty of opportunities to do or promote the questioning. I would probably read this in a 1st or 2nd grade classroom.
  NaomiGG | Aug 9, 2017 |
Another great pattern book with a fun surprise ending - this is good book to think aloud, making predictions and starting conversations about being afraid of things - it might be something to have in your :just in case" file, as sometimes scary things happen and kids need to be reassured.
  ekbrumley | Apr 29, 2014 |
Teaching children that it is important to be prepared, the main character, Charlie, is always prepared for most unexpected events. For example, if Charlie's babysitter comes to watch him, he knows how to misbehave so badly that she will want to leave. Or, if Charlie is kidnapped by a mermaid, he will be able stop her in his fishing net. Funny events like these will keep children engaged in reading this story. They will learn what it means to be prepared "just in case" something unexpected happens. In the end of the story, Charlie also learns that in some instances it is a good thing to be unprepared- when he is thrown a surprise birthday party. The way the author wrote some of the pages in this book seemed somewhat choppy to me, so I would recommend this book for being read aloud by a teacher. ( )
  DannieN | Sep 9, 2013 |
Wonderful book for the pre-school set. The illustrations are great, but even more compelling are the possibilities of what could happen in a child's "everyday" life. For the kid who likes to go to the supermarket with his cape on (like my son), this book will help them justify their whims. A unique story about a unique little boy who wants to be ready, likes to be ready... just in case. He brings all kinds of things with him wherever he goes in case some odd occurrence happens, but is unprepared for a surprise birthday party.
  zhelg | Oct 17, 2011 |
Charlie is all about what if, and feeling that he can never be too prepared. So, "just in case" is his reason for going through all this trouble; like making 117 sandwiches in case the food stores close. Charlie is a worrier but in the end realizes he can't always be prepared even though he would like to be.
  bac031 | Feb 24, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689871643, Hardcover)

Now in paperback for the first time, the story of Charlie, a kid who knows how to be ready for any situation…. Just in Case . If a downpour turns into a flash flood or the grocery store should close indefinitely, Charlie knows exactly what he’ll do. But as Charlie is about to discover, sometimes not being ready is even better than being prepared for everything.

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Charlie likes to be ready for anything, imagining that his house could be flooded or a mermaid might kidnap him, but he learns that it is sometimes good to be unprepared.

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