Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show-Off by Ann Martin

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Five-year-old Olivia's new neighbor Rachel is in her kindergarten class, and they must overcome feelings of jealousy and competitiveness to be friends.

About Ann Martin

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Ann M. Martin, 1955 - Ann Mathews Martin was born on August 12, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated from Smith College and worked as a teacher, was an editor of children's books for both Bantam and Scholastic, and then became a full time writer. Martin is the author of the well-known Baby-sitters Club books. She has also written other children's books, which include the title "Ten Kids, No Pets." She bases her characters, in part, on individuals in her own life; and the shy babysitter Mary Anne, is partially based on herself. She created a new series for middle grade readers called California Diaries, which follows Dawn of The Baby-sitters Club, after she moves to California. Poydar is a former school teacher.
Published December 1, 1993 by Holiday House. 38 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Olivia's envy of real things (Rachel has ``a grandfather who gives out candy'') and her skepticism about other claims (Rachel can't like her sister's diaper pail) lead to a full-scale falling out.

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The competitiveness between the girls makes for some amusing exchanges: when Rachel announces that she is writing a story, Olivia counters with the fact that she is writing a book, which Rachel tops by saying that she wrote a book the previous year, ``when I was four.'' A showdown at the playgrou...

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