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by Tomie dePaola

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Carole Anne is a new student in class. The class is very excited to have a new friend joining their class, and they can’t wait to play with her. When Carole Anne arrives, she is mean and nasty to the other students. She pushes people in line, calls people names, and draws on other people’s masterpieces. No one is fond of Carole Anne and the twins (Morgie and Moffie) go home and tell their parents that school is not fun anymore. The class finally decides to leave Carole Anne alone – they will not talk to her or acknowledge her mean remarks. Then, one day, Morgie is looking for rocks to make dinosaur eggs out of for show and tell when he sees Carole Anne crying. Morgie reaches out to Carole Anne and helps her find her way home and lets her help with the dinosaur eggs. At show-and-tell Carole Anne explains that she was afraid the other students would be mean to her, so she was mean first. Then, the class understands Carole Anne a little better, and she stops being mean to everyone. Soon, the whole class is friends with Carole Anne.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it is a great book to read to elementary school students. One issue that is addresses is bullying. Carole Anne is being mean to the students, but the students are not retaliating. I think that is an important lesson to teach my students. I also liked how Carole Anne explained why she was acting out. It can be very hard to join a new school, especially in the middle of the year. I think this would be a great book to show students that they need to be patient and kind to a new student who may be struggling. ( )
  mkstorey | Mar 8, 2017 |
The class makes a welcome card for a new student, Carole Anne, and wonder what she will be like. When Carole Anne comes to school, she is rude to everyone and pushes her way to the front of the line for recess. Over the weekend, Morgie finds Carole Anne crying behind a bush and asks what is wrong. Carole Anne says she is lost and Morgie helps her find her way home and becomes friends with her. On Monday, Carole Anne explains that she was mean to everyone because this was her second new school and she was afraid no one would like her and want to be her friend. After this, everyone in the class becomes friends with Carole Anne. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Mar 25, 2016 |
I liked this book because the plot is relatable and develops at a meaningful pace. The illustrations are specific to the story and portray the text nicely. The language used fits the characters well and is descriptive.

The Barker Twins have a new student in their class that is not being so nice. The problem is that they are trying to get the new student to change by doing acts of kindness but she will not budge. For example, “Morgie has made the Welcome Card for her, but Carole Anne just threw it on the floor.” The illustration that accompanies the example I used is of Morgie smiling and enthusiastically handing over this nicely drawn card he made. Carole Anne looks very angry and upset and does not reach over for the card, instead she drops it on the ground and walks away. This problem is relatable because sometimes things like this happen in our everyday lives and this story is all about the different things they try to do so Carole Anne changes until they finally ask an adult for help. The character’s language mimic that of 1st or 2nd graders. For example, they say things like “stop pushing” and “I was here first!” when lining up for the next activity.

The big message of this story is that sometimes people do not act out because they are truly a mean person, but because there are pressing issues that are going on in their lives that are making them act this way. It is best to remain calm and ask what the problem is instead of making assumptions and instigating the bad behavior. ( )
  XiomaraGonzalez | Oct 27, 2015 |
This is a cute book to read to younger students. I enjoyed reading it because it pushes readers to think about a big issue of bullying. Even though you may be being nice to someone, does not mean they will be nice to you. I think that this situation happens a lot in elementary school so it is very relatable to students. The book shows an event where the class did their best to make the new girl feel welcome by making her a card, but instead she throws the card on the ground. Then, instead of the students telling on her they make it evident that she doesn’t hurt their feelings anymore, which eventually allows the new student to open up. The big idea of this story is don’t judge a book by its cover because someone could be a good person, but they are afraid to be themselves. ( )
  bkling1 | Mar 30, 2014 |
A new student joins Ms. Barker's class but instead of being pleasant, she bullies her fellow classmates. Her classmates don't appreciate the bad treatment and decide not to talk to her. Things change when Morgie decides to find out why she's so mean. The girl explains that she was bullied at her last school and was mean at her new school so it wouldn't happen again. After everyone reassures her they wouldn't do that everything goes back to normal.
I think this would be a good book to use if discussing bullying and understanding others. This book is also good to teach about helping other classmates. I like that the students work together with the teacher to try and fix their problem, letting students know to always tell the teacher if someone is bothering them. ( )
  TamaraSmith | Apr 24, 2013 |
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Moffie and Morgie are excited. A new girl is joining their class. But Carole Ann is a bully, pushing Moffie and grabbing Morgie’s dinosaur book, and that’s only the beginning. Then Morgie goes looking for dinosaur eggs on a Saturday morning and finds Carole Ann crying. He discovers why she is so unhappy, and at school, Morgie introduces his new friend. Carole Ann tells everyone how sorry she is for being so nasty. Now everyone has a friend, and school is fun again!

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When a new girl in the Barkers' class, Carole Anne, acts like a bully, the students try talking to her and ignoring her until Morgie finally discovers what is wrong and finds a way to fix it.

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