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Eva and the New Owl by Rebecca Elliott
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Eva and the New Owl

by Rebecca Elliott

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Summary

Eva the owl documents her daily activities and experiences in her diary. Eva and her best friend Lucy were excited because a new owl would be joining their classroom. Eva spent the nights before the new owl's arrival planning for the new owl and making her gifts to welcome her when she arrives. As she busied herself with these activities she ended up neglecting her friendship with Lucy. When the new owl arrived at school she sat beside Lucy in class and soon the two owl's got closer in friendship leaving Eva feeling alone and worried that she had lost her best friend. The new owl, Hailey was not as excited about Eva's welcome gifts as Eva thought she would be. Eva was sad and embarrassed. With some advice from her brother, Eva came up with a plan to renew her friendshipwith Lucy. Eva, Lucy and Hailey all became friends and found that they enjoyed hanging out together.

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This book offers a great lesson in the strength of true friendship. Also built into the story are different activities that can be implemented in a classroom or school setting, and situations that children can easily relate to. Eva's lifestyle also emphasizes a few facts about owls, so the book educates while it entertains.

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P.2-3 There are many things that Eva wrote in her diary that she loved to do. What are some of the things you love to do.
P. 8-9 Point out facts about owls that Eva mentioned.
P.21 - Organizing using a to-do list, What are some things we do to remember and be organized

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Document daily observations for a Science project over a period of time in the same way Eva documented her daily activities.
  deeprincess | Sep 20, 2016 |
Eva is so excited about welcoming the new owl that she ignores her oldest and best friend, Lucy. Then to Eva's surprise the new girl and Lucy become friends. Eva is the one that feels left out until she apologizes to Lucy and the owls all become friends. ( )
  jmillerlits | Jul 21, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545825598, Paperback)

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!
This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
In book #4, a new owl named Hailey starts in Eva's class at school. Eva is always happy to meet new people, and she's excited to make a new friend! But the new owl befriends Lucy instead of her. So Eva gets jealous. Lucy is Eva's best friend! Will Eva lose her best friend? Or can Eva and Lucy BOTH make a new friend?

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:29:36 -0400)

Eva wants to be friends with Hailey, the new owl in her class, but when Hailey seems to prefer Lucy's company, Eva starts to feel left out, and even a little jealous of her best friend.

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