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. Volume XIX Number 23. . . .February 15, 2013
Dominic takes his younger sister to the mall to pick up a Christmas present for their grandpa and grandma. Before they even make it to the mall, Isabelle is causing trouble for her big brother. Though she means to behave, Isabelle can't help but get into a little trouble. Good thing Dominic is there to support his younger sister! Will they find a present for Grandpa and Grandma?
A translation of the French book Ma soeur n'est pas un cadeau!, The Naughty List is a great Christmas story for beginning readers. Each chapter contains repetitive action without becoming boring and repetitive phrases that make the meaning of the plot explicit. When Isabelle is being troublesome, Dominic will interject, "My sister is so much trouble sometimes!" Each chapter contains a "My sister is so…" moment, giving readers the opportunity to connect Isabelle's actions with Dominic's point of view. These interjections are written in such a way that Dominic acknowledges his sister's behaviour without being critical of her.
Kate Hachborn is a library technician at the W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, ON.
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