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26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola
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26 Fairmount Avenue (1999)

by Tomie DePaola

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A cute story of a year in the life of the author as a child, when his family was busy trying to build a new home. Fun and funny and sweet, with illustrations to match. ( )
  electrascaife | May 4, 2018 |
Tomie is a young boy who's family is changing house. This book is a little window into the months preceding the move and all the big things that happen to him and the family.

I like this book because the vocabulary is controlled and the sentences are simple. It's written from the boy's point of view so kids may appreciate that. The events are an interesting time-capsule from the 1930s. ( )
  AlbertPascal | Feb 21, 2018 |
26 Fairmount Avenue

Summary:
Tomie,his brother Buddy, and their parent lived at Columbus Avenue in 1938. The family was building a new house on 26 Fairmount Avenue. Tomie liked talking with his grandparents. Tomie was excited to attend Kindergarten because he wanted to learn how to read by himself, but the teacher told Tomie that he wouldn't be taught to read until first grade, so Tomie went home. Before it was time to move into the new house Tomie, and Buddy spent the day with their uncle Charles. When they arrived at the newly finished house Tomie pushed the doorbell and Tomie's dad opened the door and invited them into the house.

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I liked the story, I thought it covered the struggles of a young child. I thought it showed in some ways how a child thought during the process of attending a movie and during the process of moving into a new house. The setting was a apartment and the character of Tomie was like a young child who loved his family an seen himself as helpful to his parents.

Extension Ideas:
1.The story could teach students how to respect their family.
2.The story can show students the possible struggles of building a house.
3.The story can show students how long it takes to build a house and move
into the house.
  TylerPelley | Nov 8, 2017 |
This is the true story of Tomie DePaola's life growing up. His house on 26 Farimont Ave. is not an easy one to build as storms and floods damage the house. The DePaola's go through everyday problems such as death, theater trips, moving, and friendships. I use this book as part of my author study on Tomie DePaola's life.
http://www.tomie.com/ ( )
  Kelleighk1 | Dec 14, 2016 |
3rd-5th
This book would be good for students of this age group because by this age almost every student is going to know what it is like to move into a new apartment or house. Also, Tomie enjoys going to the movies, hanging out with his friends, and getting toys for Christmas just like any other elementary school student. ( )
  tsmith18 | Apr 15, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0698118642, Paperback)

Tomie's family starts building their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue in 1938, just as a hurricane hits town, starting off a busy, crazy year. Tomie has many adventures all his own, including eating chocolate with his Nana Upstairs, only to find out--the hard way--that they have eaten chocolate laxative. He tries to skip kindergarten when he finds out he won't learn to read until first grade. "I'll be back next year," he says. When Tomie goes to see Snow White, he creates another sensation. Tomie dePaola's childhood memories are hilarious, and his charming illustrations are sure to please.

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Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.

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