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26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola

26 Fairmount Avenue (1999)

by Tomie dePaola

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Summary: Tomie's family starts building their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue in 1938, just as a hurricane hits town, starting off a busy, crazy year. Tomie has many adventures all his own
Personal Reaction: Great example of writing about your life. Simply written and easy to follow. Focuses on family too.
Classroom Extension: A great example of an autobiography. Use this book as a read-aloud to introduce the concept of writing from memories and experiences ( )
  LorraineAllen | Feb 16, 2015 |
A great story which is really more of a series of anecdotes. Although it lacks a strong central theme (the house itself mostly remains in the background), the events are amusing enough to make me want to read more about Tomie. ( )
  Audacity88 | Jul 30, 2014 |
Tomie, growing up in a depression era Connecticut, experiences many adventures as he and his family build their first house. A major hurricane hit Connecticut (declared the worse natural disaster in Conn. history). There were a lot of problems and difficulties the family faced. It includes a lot of the emotional aspects of growing up in a young boys perspective.

Personal Reaction:
An easy read for early chapter book readers. I enjoyed this book and it goes to show that even with the many difficulties we face in life good things can still come from the hard times.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Research the Hurricane of 1938 that hit Connecticut and the damage that it caused.
2. Students will make a family tree of their own family on poster board.
  MissSuzieQ | Apr 22, 2014 |
(Newbery Honor Book, 2000)
  Vanessamom25 | Jan 17, 2014 |
Summary: A story about a little boy about the age of 4 and his family life. The boy and his family were going to move into a new house where the address is 26 Fairmount Avenue. The book talks about the problems the family faced trying to get their new house ready.

Personal Reaction: Life in a child’s eyes is different from the way adults see things, Kids find life so fun and exciting especially in events like getting a new house.

Classroom Extension:
1. Tell students to learn their address and quote it aloud to the teacher.
2. Look up information about hurricanes on the internet as a class.
  Mandi20 | Nov 13, 2013 |
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Tomie's family starts building their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue in 1938, just as a hurricane hits town, starting off a busy, crazy year. Tomie has many adventures all his own, including eating chocolate with his Nana Upstairs, only to find out--the hard way--that they have eaten chocolate laxative. He tries to skip kindergarten when he finds out he won't learn to read until first grade. "I'll be back next year," he says. When Tomie goes to see Snow White, he creates another sensation. Tomie dePaola's childhood memories are hilarious, and his charming illustrations are sure to please.

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Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.

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