Friday, June 15, 2012

Judy Moody Goes to College (Judy Moody Series #8) by Megan McDonald

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Judy Moody is in a mood. Not a good mood. And definitely NOT a math mood. The substitute teacher in Class 3T thinks Judy's math skills need improving. So Judy has to start meeting with a math tutor. Does this mean flash cards? Does this mean baby games? Does this mean school on weekends? But when Judy meets her tutor — a sick-awesome college student with an uber-funky sense of style — and gets a glimpse of college life, Judy's bad math-i-tude turns into a radical glad-i-tude. Pretty soon, Judy's not only acing her math class; she's owning it. Time to say good-bye to Judy Moody, old skool third-grader, and say hello to Miss College! Small-tall upside-down backward non-fat capp with extra whip, anyone?

My thoughts:
It is hard for a student to hear that he or she needs extra help, it can really sap their self confidence and make them feel like everyone is better than they are and that they are stupid, so this is a great book for a student who might be struggling a little bit with something.  Not all students grasp concepts at the same rate or learn at the same speed, which in this time of no child left behind and benchmarks that are supposed to be achieved within six week time frames, can make children feel bad about themselves.  I like how McDonald turned needing a tutor into a positive rather than a negative thing and showed how sometimes, we just need to see something a different way to gain an understanding of the concept.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763648558
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 46,879
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Series:Judy Moody Series , #8

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