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26 Fairmount Avenue (Newbery Honor Book, 2000) (1999)

by Tomie dePaola

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This is the true story of Tomie DePaola's life growing up. His house on 26 Farimont Ave. is not an easy one to build as storms and floods damage the house. The DePaola's go through everyday problems such as death, theater trips, moving, and friendships. I use this book as part of my author study on Tomie DePaola's life.
http://www.tomie.com/ ( )
  Kelleighk1 | Dec 14, 2016 |
This book would be good for students of this age group because by this age almost every student is going to know what it is like to move into a new apartment or house. Also, Tomie enjoys going to the movies, hanging out with his friends, and getting toys for Christmas just like any other elementary school student. ( )
  tsmith18 | Apr 15, 2016 |
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.

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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 |
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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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