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The Candy Corn Contest (1984)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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Series: Kids of the Polk Street School (Vol 3)

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The Candy Corn Contest is a book in the The Kids of the Polk Street School series (book #3). This book is narrated by Richard "Beast" Best. It's Thanksgiving and Mrs. Rooney sets a large jar of candy corn on her desk. The students are allowed to make one guess per library book page read- winner takes the whole jar of candy. Beast really wants to win, but isn't a great reader. He takes matters into his own hands when he cheats and looks at the number written on the bottom of the jar. Beast decides not to act on his knowledge and instead lets another student win.
This book also includes Matthew, a fellow student in Mrs. Rooney's class- and a bed wetter. Beast announces that he is having an all boy sleepover, and none of the boys want to come if they have to sleep next to Matthew. There are several mentions of his smell due to this and comments made to and about Matthew about his bed wetting and his smell throughout the book. Beast hurts Matthew's feelings, but later apologizes.

Curricular Connections: reading strategies (predicting, sequencing, cause/effect); honesty; bullying; friendship ( )
  danielle.trotter | Feb 8, 2016 |
This book takes place around Thanksgiving time and the teacher has placed a candy corn jar in the class where the students must guess the number of candy corns in the jar. The only catch is that students must read a page in a library book for each guess that they are allowed to make. Richard's problem is that he is not a very good reader. The winner will get to keep the candy corns in the jar. Richard can already taste those candy corns and before he knows it, he has eaten three fat juicy ones. What will he do and will Ms. Rooney find out? Students will need to read and find out the answers to these questions.
  marybetha | Jun 3, 2009 |
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It's almost Thanksgiving, and Richard Best can't stop thinking about Ms. Rooney's Candy Corn contest. Whoever can guess the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar on Ms. Roney's desk gets to keep them all. The only problem is Richard has to read a page in a library book for each guess. Smelly Matthew, who sits in front of him, knows they'll never win. "We're the worst readers in the class, " he says. But Richard won't give up. He can already taste those Candy Corns. And before he knows it, he has. Three fat juicy ones. What will Ms. Rooney do when she finds out?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044041072X, Paperback)

It's almost Thanksgiving, and Richard Best can't stop thinking about Ms. Rooney's Candy Corn contest. Whoever can guess the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar on Ms. Roney's desk gets to keep them all. The only problem is Richard has to read a page in a library book for each guess.



Smelly Matthew, who sits in front of him, knows they'll never win. "We're the worst readers in the class, " he says. But Richard won't give up. He can already taste those Candy Corns. And before he knows it, he has. Three fat juicy ones.



What will Ms. Rooney do when she finds out?

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Richard looks forward to the Candy Corn contest in Ms. Rooney's class, but he can't resist sneaking just a few pieces.

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