Dear Whiskers by Ann Whitehead Nagda

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Jenny is discouraged when her second grade penpal turns out to be a new student from Saudi Arabia who does not speak English very well, but as she works with her they slowly become friends.

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Ann Whitehead Nagda is the author of the popular Dear Whiskers, which was nominated for many awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, and the Iowa Children's Choice Award, and is a companion book to Meow Means Mischief. In a starred review, School Library Journal called Dear Whiskers "a great choice for newly independent readers [and] as a read-aloud." Nagda lives in Colorado. Stephanie Roth illustrated Dear Whiskers, along with several other books for children, including Third Grade Stinks!, Third Grade Ghouls, and Doggone...Third Grade! by colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna. Booklist called her illustrations for Dear Whiskers "expressive." She lives in California.
Published October 1, 2000 by Holiday House. 80 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Soon, almost despite herself, Jenny is sharing favorite picture books with Sameera, writing more letters, and, after a flash of inspiration, sharing homemade mouse cookies—a ploy that not only breaks through Sameera’s reserve, but attracts the rest of the second graders too.

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