Sing a Song of Tuna Fish by Esme Raji Codell

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Esmé tells us about the night she and her mother became "egg vigilantes" against an illegally parked car; her freewheeling first school, where kids sat on sofas instead of at desks and 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.

In stories that perfectly evoke the perspective of her ten-year-old self, author Esmé Raji Codell demonstrates her gift for making the ordinary extraordinary, and the unusual familiar. SING A SONG OF TUNA FISH is a memoir of a Chicago childhood; a tribute to the art of attention; and most of all, a joyful listening experience for kids and families.

From the Cassette edition.

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Published January 11, 2005 by Listening Library (Audio).
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, 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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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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