Sing a Song of Tuna Fish by Esme Raji Codell
Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade

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Like every fifth grader, Esmé Raji Codell spent her days within the small world of school, neighborhood, and family. But this small world provides rich material for the often hilarious, always engrossing stories and vignettes in this book. Esmé tells us about: the night she and her mother became "egg vigilantes" against an illegally parked car; her freewheeling first school, where kids could choose disco dancing instead of math; her dangerous neighborhood, which her father made seem friendly and wondrous; the Passover dinner when she stole a matzoh right out from under a rabbi; the awe-inspiring, life-threatening Chicago snowstorms; and lessons about love from tea-reading gypsies and Popeye cartoons.

About Esme Raji Codell

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Esme Raji Codell is a teacher and librarian and the author of many award-winning books for children. Even though she has already graduated from preschool, she still loves puppets, sharing, friends, snacks, and the occasional dinosaur. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois. You can find more story-time fun and support for your child's precious preschool years at her website. LeUyen Pham is the prolific and bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore. Pham has also written and illustrated her own works, including All the Things I Love About You and Big Sister, Little Sister. She lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.
Published December 15, 2004 by Hyperion. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Each section begins, “Let me tell you something about,” and readers are swept into a ten-year-old’s urban world to witness mother and daughter egging an illegally parked car, a little brother swallowed up by the snow, Esmé begging a friend to beat her up so she won’t have to go to piano lessons, ...

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The author periodically interrupts the ebb and flow of family quarrels and struggles caused by being "broke," with landmark occasions such as Esmé's initiation to public school, a memorable Passover dinner (when Esmé manages to outwit the rabbi) and a freak storm that covers Chicago with piles of...

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Common Sense Media

She describes her neighborhood stores and parks, her relatives, friends, and neighbors, and minor events, such as egging the illegally parked car belonging to a rich person, fighting sexism in temple, trying to avoid her piano lesson, going to a free school, dealing with a big snowstorm, trying t...

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