When a new girl in the Barkers' class, Carole Anne, acts like a bully, the students try talking to her and ignoring her until Morgie finally discovers what is wrong and finds a way to fix it.
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Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.
DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.
DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-When Ms. Shepherd announces that a new girl is coming to school the next day, twin pups Morgie and Moffie and the other students immediately begin to plan a swirl of welcoming activities. When Carole Anne arrives, she will not smile, is unreceptive to friendly gestures, and shows no respect for her classmates. Disappointed and frustrated, the children devise a plan to combat this bully. One day when Morgie finds her alone, he discovers the reason for her hostility. This is an excellent book to teach conflict resolution, dealing with bullies, and making friends. DePaola successfully captures the world of primary school with his colorful, yet soft acrylic paintings on handmade watercolor paper. He also effectively conveys the emotions of a new student on her first day. Pair this title with Meet the Barkers (Putnam, 2001).
Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC
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