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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
by Julie Sternberg

Eleanor was about to go into third grade, but the summer has proved to be as bad as pickle juice on a cookie! It was bad enough that her best friend, Pearl, was spending the summer in Oregon. Then, in August, her parents broke the disastrous news to her. Bibi, who had been Eleanor's baby sitter since she was born, had to move to Florida. Bibi was devastated. She felt like her whole world was crumbling. Even when her mother took some time off from work to take care of her, Eleanor refused to do anything fun. Even when her father invited a friend to play, Eleanor wouldn't talk and left the room to write a letter to Bibi, so her father was left to play (and sing) with the little girl. And, when a new babysitter showed up, what do you think Eleanor did?

Have you ever been so sad or so mad that you are mean to the people you love the most? If so, you will understand why Eleanor behaved the way she did. Would Eleanor ever be happy again? Would Bibi ever answer her letter? From whom DID Eleanor receive a letter? Did she answer it?

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is a realistic story written on a second grade level, in verse. Matthew Cordell's precious cartoon drawings on each page will draw kids into the story. It will set up important discussions on how we handle grief, our reactions to it, and the ways we should treat other people who try to help. It's a great beginning-of-school story for third graders, and will lead to their sharing and writing about their summer adventures.

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, authentic writing, skill building, and culminates with an interactive Jeopardy-type game. Second and third grade teachers who want students to enjoy a cute starting to school story will want make this book part of their classroom libraries.

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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

Author Julie Sternberg

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You can purchase the 24-page unit PLUS a Jeopardy-type game for Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie for immediate download for only $16.95!
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A 23-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Map Activities
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Chapter Guides with Vocabulary List, Prediction Questions, Quick Write
Word Play
Jogger Math
You're the Illustrator!
A Crossword Cookie
Comprehension Check-up for Chapters 17-21
Prewriting: My Best First Day
Life Lessons Ellie Learned Number Puzzle
Summarizing Events, Cut and Paste
Logic Puzzle: What Do These Proper Nouns Have in Common?
My Letter to the Author
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game

Special Offer!
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is included in the Kids Wings Reading Out of the Box collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. It contains 848 pages of activities in 25 titles PLUS a "Jeopardy-type" game for each novel! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $15.95, but if you order Reading Out of the Box, you can get 25 literature guides for only $35, or less than $1.40 each! This is probably the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!


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