Squashed in the Middle by Elizabeth Winthrop
(Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

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"I'm going to spend the night at Rosa's house," said Daisy. But nobody heard her.

Being a middle child isn't easy

Nobody ever listens to Daisy. Her father was chopping carrots. Her mother was talking on the phone. Her big sister was chasing her little brother around and around the kitchen table. So it was no surprise that no one heard where Daisy went, even though she told them.

With humorous text and striking, bold illustrations, this book captures the frustration of a middle child trying to be heard over the noise of a well-meaning family.
 

About Elizabeth Winthrop

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Elizabeth Winthrop, a middle child herself, has written more than fifty books for readers of all ages. These include her award-winning picture book Dumpy La Rue (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), illustrated by Betsy Lewin, and Dog Show, illustrated by Mark Ulriksen.Pat Cummings is the illustrator of more than thirty picture books, many of which she has written herself. She is a Coretta Scott King Award winner, whose books include Ananse and the Lizard and Angel Baby. Ms. Cummings teaches at Parson's School of Design and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.Visit Elizabeth Winthrop at her website: www.elizabethwinthrop.com
 
Published May 1, 1995 by Harpercollins Childrens Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Daisy has a dilemma: Her mother, father, older sister and younger brother are so busy talking “to” Daisy, “about” Daisy, or “over” Daisy’s head that no one pays attention to what she says.

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As Winthrop (Dumpy La Rue ) eloquently puts it, her parents and siblings "talked to Daisy, they talked about Daisy and they talked right over Daisy's head.

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