The Just-So Woman (I Can Read Level 3)

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The Just-So Woman likes everything to be just perfect. In the morning she wakes up before the rooster crows. She does her chores. She feeds the cat. Then she fixes breakfast. That is how she likes things done, and so that is how she does them every day—until one day when nothing goes just the way she expects, and she learns that sometimes "just so" isn't the only way things can turn out just right.

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Gary Blackwood is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Year of the Hangman and The Shakespeare Stealer, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book and School Library Journal Best Book for 1998. The Just-So Woman is his first I Can Read Book. Mr. Blackwood lives in Nova Scotia.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–In a time before electricity, the Just-So Woman lives on a farm and encounters a number of stumbling blocks during a typical day. She has no butter for her morning bread, the stool is broken so she can't milk the cow, her cat licks the spoon she is using, and she is out of soap for washing. Since everything in her life must be just-so, she ends up eating nothing until suppertime, when her neighbor, the Any-Way Man, convinces her to simply enjoy her bread without butter, dipped in tea. The writing in this beginning reader is as uninteresting as the Just-So Woman's day. She feeds the cat. She feeds the cows and chickens. Then she fixes her breakfast. She brews some mint tea. She cuts a thick slice of bread. But there is not a bit of butter. The illustrations, which appear to be done in watercolors, capture the era and add some charm, but overall the Just-So Woman's story is just so-so.–Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL
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