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The Resource Judy Moody declares independence, by Megan McDonald ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Judy Moody declares independence, by Megan McDonald ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

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Judy Moody declares independence
Title
Judy Moody declares independence
Statement of responsibility
by Megan McDonald ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
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Language
eng
Summary
After learning about the American Revolution on a family trip to Boston, Massachusetts, Judy Moody makes her own Declaration of Independence and tries to prove that she is responsible enough to have more freedoms, such as a higher allowance and her own bathroom
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Review
  • Gr. 2-4. Judy Moody’s family vacation to historical Boston prompts an epiphany: If the founding fathers didn’t want “some grumpy old king to be the boss of [them],” why should Judy put up with dictatorial parents? Back at home she campaigns for her “alien rights,” among them a higher allowance and freedom from brushing her hair. Staging a bathtub Boston Tea Party backfires, but shortly after Judy learns about Revolutionary War hero Sybil Ludington--Paul Revere’s female counterpart--she finds herself instinctively performing a gutsy act that earns her parents’ trust. A subplot involving a British acquaintance seems mostly a vehicle for humorous misinterpretations of slang (Judy assumes “two pounds of allowance” means a very heavy load of money), and not all the factual references are fully explained. But Judy’s petitioning for parental concessions will spark recognition in many readers, and in both McDonald’s charismatic narrative and Reynolds’ line drawings the characterization of a dauntless, endearingly notional third-grader is as spot-on as ever. -- Jennifer Mattson (BookList, 06-01-2005, p1813)
  • Gr 2-4 –Judy Moody knows a lot about the American Revolution and is excited when her family takes a trip to Boston to visit the main sites along the Freedom Trail. The third-grader makes friends with a girl from England and gets a bit of the British perspective as well as a pen-pal relationship. The girls read some of Ben Franklin's sayings and make up their own, such as “Fish and little brothers stink after three days.” Upon returning home, Judy declares freedom from hair brushing and the right to her own bathroom. Her final defiance, a Boston Tub Party, is amusingly depicted in a cartoon illustration across a spread. Black-and-white full-page and spot art done in watercolor, tea, and ink is scattered throughout the book. The jacket looks as if it were made from a brown paper bag and has red, white, and blue cutouts of stars. Independence is good for curricular ties to social studies units, and McDonald does a great job of transforming the concepts into familiar concerns. Read aloud or alone, this delightful book will inspire children to write their own declarations of independence complete with “alien” rights and the “purse” of happiness.–Sharon R. Pearce, Chippewa Elementary School, Bensenville, IL --Sharon R. Pearce (Reviewed August 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 8, p100)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
134220
Cataloging source
DLC
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McDonald, Megan
Intended audience
590
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Lexile
Literary form
fiction
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  • 2
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Reynolds, Peter
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True
Series statement
Judy Moody
Series volume
0006
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Responsibility
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Humorous stories
Target audience
primary
Label
Judy Moody declares independence, by Megan McDonald ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
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Publication
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
145 p.
Isbn
9780763623616
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004051833
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ill.
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  • (Sirsi) i9780763623616
  • (OCoLC)55494862
Label
Judy Moody declares independence, by Megan McDonald ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Publication
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
145 p.
Isbn
9780763623616
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004051833
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763623616
  • (OCoLC)55494862

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