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Like Jake and Me

by Mavis Jukes

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Summary: "Like Jake and Me" tells the story of Alex and his stepfather, Jake. Alex and Jake seem to not have much in common, however a spider lands on Jake and the two bond over trying to find the spider before it bites Jake.

Review: In my opinion, the central message of this story was that no matter how many differences Alex and his stepfather, Jake had between them, they can bond in some way. Throughout the story, Alex kept asking if Jake needed help with cutting wood and holding the ax but he didn't think he was old enough. Also, when Alex's mother encouraged him to show Jake his ballet moves, he declined because he felt like Jake wasn't the ballet type. However, through all these differences they bonded through Alex showing his bravery by helping Jake find the spider. Overall, this story was a great story that showcased a relationship between a stepfather and son. ( )
  rjones34 | Sep 28, 2014 |
1) Newberry Award

2) Grades 3-4

3) Like Jake and Me is about a boy Alex who admires a man by the name of Jake and does all he can to help him. Jake, who is taking part in adult activities (cutting wood and carrying them) keeps declining Alex's offers to help. During the story though Alex makes Jake aware that there is a spider on his neck. Jake who is afraid of spiders is now in desperate need of Alex's help. With Alex's assistance, they were able to find the spider and let it go free. Alex finally gets the recognition he wanted from Jake and Jake is grateful for his help at the end.

4) The story Like Jake and Me can be used in a classroom in several ways. One way a teacher can incorporate this book into a classroom is to ask students about their personal role models and to explain why. Students then have to make a biography about their role model and find information about them. This assignment can help students learn information gathering skills using sources such as the internet.
  Dorfster | Sep 18, 2011 |
-Newbery Medal Award
-1st-2nd
-A young boy and his stepfather build a relationship by working together and doing certain chores.
-This book is a good way of teaching kids how to build a relationship with their family and teaching them how to help others out. I would ask children to make a list of how they would build a relationship with their parents/guardians. I also would ask them to draw a picture of who they would help out in their own family.
  booo2893 | Sep 18, 2011 |
A Newbery Honor Book, but also a picture book. A boy and his stepfather grow closer when they realize they are more alike than they thought. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
This is a realistic fiction book. The illustrations are done in pastels. The content of this book is about a new family in which the young boy desparately wants to be like his rugged cowboy of a stepfather. Alex rescues him from a wolf spider and the two build a great relationship. This book has a reading level of second to fourth grade. Some curricular connections could be step-parents and realistic fiction.
  eakoepke | Apr 11, 2009 |
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In this Newbery Honor—winning story from 1984, a new family builds a relationship as a stepfather and stepson celebrate their differences and take heart in their similarities.

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Alex feels that he does not have much in common with his stepfather Jake until a fuzzy spider brings them together.

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