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Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great

by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Other authors: Marc Simont (Illustrator)

Series: Nate the Great (book 1)

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excellent books to help students learn how to problem solve and think logically. ( )
  iamryancorcoran | May 13, 2015 |
Our first Nate the Great book. While it's a bit below my son's reading level (it has both really controlled vocabulary and repetition), it's a 64 page story and thus great for building stamina for longer books. In fact, it's a great transitional book between early readers and then chapter books. It's somewhat funny despite the repetitions, but pretty tame in all respects. It seems to have content that's very much appropriate for a five year old and it was engaging enough for him not to want to put the book down until he was finished. Great pictures throughout the book, on every page spread, at the end there's some trivia and lingo, also appealing to a 5 year old. And Nate is actually a pretty decent detective, logical and consistent, so the kids can take away something from this. We'll seek out further books from this series for sure. ( )
  Fjola | Apr 23, 2015 |
This fiction novel is another great introduction to early chapter books. I would say that the genre is a beginning reader, mystery/detective novel. Nate the Great describes the adventures of Nate, a child detective ready to solve the mysteries that come his way.
  adriennelaine | Mar 11, 2015 |
I found this book to be cute and funny. I liked this book for two reasons. The first reason was the authors writing it and development of the characters. I found that even though this book is for young readers, the author was able to make the text mysterious and read like a true mystery book. I found Nate’s character to be hilarious, he is just a young boy with such large dreams. Nate solves silly mysteries like finding lost objects for his friends, yet he thinks he is the best detective in the world. The author uses words easy enough for young children just starting read chapter books. The language usage is great so that a child does not get overwhelmed by words or too frightened to read. The author makes the writing child friendly, so that they can relate. I remember pretending to be a detective or spy when I was a child and “solving mysteries”. This is a story that both girls and boy can relate to because each participate in games, ie. solving mysteries. The second reason I enjoyed this book is because of the way the illustrator used the pictures on each page to help tell the story. Although, the book is a little older and pictures are not as colorful, they really bring out each character’s individual personality and connect with the text perfectly. The pictures help the readers follow along with the book by connecting each picture to the reading while keeping it interesting. The central message of this book is about using your imagination but also being a good friend. ( )
  corzel1 | Mar 3, 2015 |
Summary: Nate the Great is a story about a boy named Nate who pretends to be a detective. One morning, Nate is eating breakfast when his friend Annie calls him and asks him to help her find a missing picture. Nate goes over to Annie's house and asks her multiple questions about the picture she made, including who else saw it. Annie told him that her dog, her friend and her brother were the only people who saw the picture. Nate first thought the dog took the picture so they searched in the backyard. Nate then thought the friend took it so they looked at the friends house. Finally, Nate questioned Annie's little brother and found the picture hanging on his wall.

Argument: I thought this book was an interesting book about finding missing things and using clues to do so. Nate proved to be a great friend by going over to Annie's right away and helping her find her missing picture. It also is a great story about pretending to be something and using imagination. Nate is not a "real detective" but through his imagination, he pretends he is and has his friends believing the same thing. Nate even dresses the part and talks like a detective. The central message of this book is about using your imagination but also being a good friend. Going on detective cases is something Nate likes to do which goes along with helping his friends. I think children would copy the idea Nate has to be a detective and to use clues and question to help find missing items. ( )
  csteve13 | Sep 17, 2014 |
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Shortly after a breakfast generously supplied with pancakes, Natethe Great got an urgent call from Annie.

"I lost a picture," said Annie. "Can you help me find it?"

"Of course," said Nate. "I have found lost balloons, books, slippers, chickens. Even a lost goldfish. Now I, Nate the Great, will find a lost picture."

"Oh, good," Annie said.

Nate, with the cool detachment of a Sam Spade, immediately plunges into his new and baffling case. Getting all the facts, asking the right questions, narrowing down the suspects. Nate, the boy detective who "likes to work alone," solves the mystery and tracks down the culprit. In the process he also discovers the whereabouts of Super Hex, the missing cat.

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Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

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