In eight stand-alone stories, fourth-grader JoJo and first-grader Winnie continue their amusing battles. Whatever JoJo has, Winnie wants. Wherever JoJo is, Winnie wants to be. They just don't see eye to eye! But when Winnie starts questioning the existence of the Tooth Fairy, JoJo is the first to protect her from a "truth" she may not be ready to hear.
Veteran author Marilyn Sachs is best known for her award-winning books for older readers, but she has been equally successful at writing for a younger audience. Without sentimentality, this delightful sequel to JoJo & Winnie shows that beneath all the bickering and rivalry that come with sisterhood, there's also room for a lot of love.
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Grade 2-4-These irrepressible girls are back in this sequel to JoJo & Winnie (Dutton, 1999). Winnie, who is six, covets everything that her older sister has, while 10-year-old JoJo wants to be unique. When the younger girl moves up to her swimming-group level, an indignant JoJo decides to discontinue swimming and join the Girl Scouts. The rivalry is obvious, but so is the sisterly support. Readers will be heartened by Winnie's kind words in the face of JoJo's mishap in a class play. Older siblings will especially identify with the 10-year-old's accommodation of Winnie's envy as well as with her efforts to maintain the child's belief in the Tooth Fairy. The thumbnail line drawing at the head of each of the eight chapters and the concluding full-page illustration in each are humorous and expressive. With its plausible situations (including an epidemic of head lice, an awkward sleepover party, and a visit to dad's office), realistic dialogue, and focus on family dynamics, this book is reminiscent of Beverly Cleary's "Ramona" series (Morrow), though Sachs's title is easier reading. A satisfying story that illuminates the joys and challenges of sisterhood.
Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, NJ
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Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. As in JoJo & Winnie (1999), the sisters in this second lively chapter book of stories continue to quarrel and compete for attention as much as they support one another and play together. In a Christmas scenario that many families will recognize, the gifts create jealousy; the girls insult and manipulate one another; then they work it out. In the best story, Winnie, six, is scared of drowning, so JoJo, nine, encourages, threatens, and bribes Winnie to take swimming lessons. JoJo even allows her younger sister to be teacher when they play school and to be mommy when they play house. Then Winnie does a real reversal and becomes the star swimmer, and older sister JoJo leaves the swimming pool and joins the Girl Scouts. It's great that Meredith Johnson's full-paged black-and-white pictures come at the end of each chapter, so children can read the story first, then be treated to illustrations that extend the mix of slapstick, meanness, and love. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110525463933
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0525463933