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Frindle Paperback – February 1, 1998

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Trying to aggravate a tough language-arts teacher, a fifth-grade boy invents a new word for pen: "frindle." Soon, the whole country is using it. "Dictionary lovers will cotton to this mild classroom fantasy," said PW. Ages 8-12.
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"A captivating tale -- one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves." -- "Kirkus", pointered review

"Will have readers smiling all the way through...hilarious." -- "The Horn Book", starred review

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 1, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 128 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0689818769
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0689818769
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 830L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.25 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.13 x 0.32 x 7.63 inches
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm, very telling
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2020
This book is assigned to my child entering the 4th grade for his summer reading book report. Of course I had to read it too to lend assistance if necessary. When we read page 54, it had me thinking. Maybe because of what is going on in our country about institutionalized racism, that many in government claim does nor exist, but the reference on this page made me pause and think.
Mrs. Granger, the teacher, and the principal, Mrs. Chatham, are depicted as the 'bad guy', making a big deal about the word 'frindle'. As in the game of chess, the principal, in her black raincoat, is likened unto "the black queen". In the same narrative, "powerful defender... good old Mom, the white queen"- is portrayed as a positive character.
One may think that this is harmless story telling, but this sends a message to young children, intentionally or not, that black is bad and white is good.
I will be speaking to the authorities in my children's school about this, and would hope that other schools do not allow this careless depiction of underlying racial disparagement to infiltrate into young minds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skilful comment on the English language
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