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The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting

The Wednesday Surprise

by Eve Bunting

Other authors: Donald Carrick (Illustrator)

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In my opinion this book had a good plot as well as the main character being portrayed nicely. However, the pictures in the book are very clumped together. I think that children can relate to this book because they may do the activities that are in the book at their own home. For example, they are trying to plan a surprise for their dads birthday and they must keep it from their dad. Children love surprises and this book will most likely get them excited. The author also does a nice job of giving descriptions in the book of what is going on. For example, the grandmother and the granddaughter are constantly together and the author shows the relationship they have together. In the beginning of the book there is a picture of them hugging and later on they read together. I think this book would have to be for 3rd-5th grade because the story line can be difficult to follow but at the same time it can be enjoyable for students. ( )
  mooste2 | Feb 10, 2014 |
"Anna and Grandma are planning a surprise for Dad's birthday. Dad thinks he has received all his presents, but Grandma stands up and gives him the best one of all: she reads aloud the stories that Anna has taught her."
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  lexibaldwin | Dec 5, 2013 |
Anna and grandma are planning a surprise for her dads birthday. The reader assumes Anna is going to read a special book to her dad. But the big surprise is who the helper really was.
  TriciaETaylor | Oct 29, 2013 |
Anna and her grandmother has planned the surprise for her father's birthday.
Age : 4-8
Source : Amazon
  gracekalumata | Oct 28, 2013 |
This is a book about a young girl that is preparing for her father to come home for his birthday. Every Wednesday, her grandmother comes over to watch her, and they read books. The book leads you to believe that the grandma is teaching her granddaughter, but it is the opposite. When the dad makes it home, they surprise him by allowing his mother to read several books. The dad cries happy tears, and they all enjoy the rest of his birthday.

Personal Reaction:
This book caught me completely off guard. I was expecting the young girl to be learning to read. I think anyone would expect that because we forget that there was a time when most people couldn't read and write.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Have grandparents attend the class to be read to.
2. Get into small groups and work on extending vocabulary. ( )
  MarissaWilliams | Oct 27, 2013 |
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Anna and Grandma are planning a surprise for Dad's birthday. Dad thinks he has received all his presents, but Grandma stands up and gives him the best one of all: she reads aloud the stories that Anna has taught her.

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On Wednesday nights when Grandma stays with Anna everyone thinks she is teaching Anna to read.

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