Arthur and the New Kid: Step 3 (Step Into Reading) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/7/13
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Arthur and his friends aren’t sure of what to make of Norbert, the new kid in their class. He wears a jacket and tie, sits at the fourth graders’ table in the lunchroom, and buys two slices of pizza for lunch. But when Norbert helps Francine answer a difficult math problem and scores two soccer goals during recess, Arthur and his friends learn that the new boy at school is different from what they first thought.
Marc Brown lives in Martha’s Vineyard and Hingham, MA.
Reflecting the unkindness that kids often show, Arthur and the New Kid show how things aren't always what they seem...and that assumptions can be terribly wrong.
While I like the general message of the book, I'm a bit irked at how it's delivered. For example, Norbert begins whispering answers to Francine when Mr. Ratburn asks a question. Then, Norbert joins in a soccer game and deftly bounces the ball of his head.
Of course, they all become friends at the end, but the "between the lines" message is that to be accepted, you have to do things for others and insert yourself in the social milieu. While I realize this is probably true for the herd mentality of most public schools, I'm not big on the idea that Norbert only gets a fair shake when he kisses up to the other kids.
Only Arthur offers positive comments about Norbert while the others speculate that he's "rich" or a "snob" right off the bat-as if that is perfectly normal, and acceptable, behavior.
Arthur and the New Kid is a Step 3 book from the Step into Reading series by Random House. Step 3 books are geared towards children in Grades 1-3 and features engaging characters, easy-to-follow plots, and popular topics. Step 3 Books are very good for children who are comfortable tacking new worlds and like to read on their own.
On a positive note, this book features two pages of peel-off stickers that can be used with the book or to create an original story. Some words in the story are in blue font, which corresponds to some of the stickers.