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August 30, 2009

Flour Babies

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Flour Babies

Author: Anne Fine

Page Length: 178

Reading Level:  6.2

Genre:  fiction

PLOT SUMMARY & REVIEW: This book is about a young boy and his class that begin a scientific experiment on Flour Babies, a Child Development Project, for the school’s Science Fair.   The classroom, known as #8, is given a challenge to keep and care for flour sacks (babies) for three weeks while daily writing a journal about it.  Some of the students in this class are tired of the project by day eleven, except for Simon Martin.  He relates to the flour baby and reflects back upon his own father who deserted him when he was quite tiny.  He finds taking care of the flour baby quite fascinating up until the near end of the twenty one days.   Generically, each of the boys either caves in to all of the responsibility or holds tight with his inner desire for parental caring for the Flour Baby.  

While reading this book anyone will laugh and chuckle as the nineteen students try carefully to keep the sacks clean, free of hair, mud less and smudge proof.   The real heroes of the story may end up being Simon Martin’s mother because he figures she must have Angelic Wings for putting up with him his whole life.  Even their teacher, Mr. Cassidy, gets a bit tired of the project as it ends, but personally he gets in a few teaching lessons as they are deemed appropriate. 

Mayhem takes place at the end of the three weeks as Simon lets many of the flour babies explode within the gym and school hall ways.  This is a comical end to a humorous book. Anyone would love this book. I really liked reading the book because it was funny as well as realistic.

AREAS FOR TEACHING (TEKS):

6.9 draw on experience for word meanings

6.10 know the main idea and the details

6.11 make connections with comparison and ideas

6.12 analyze characters.

RELATED BOOKS:   other books by Anne Fine are Goggle Eyes, The Granny ProjectUpon on Cloud 9 and Bad

RELATED WEBSITES: 

http://www.readingmatters.co.uk/book.php?id=98

www.Penquinreadings.com    

www.Teachit.co.uk-Prose

http://litplans.com/authors/Anne_Fine.html

REVIEWED BY:   Linda Schwegler

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