Robin Hill School: The Playground Problem (Ready to Read: Level One)

by Margaret McNamara (Author) Mike Gordon (Illustrator)

Robin Hill School: The Playground Problem (Ready to Read: Level One)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

There's a problem on the playground! The boys won't let the girls play soccer with them during recess. Emma is furious! So she figures out a plan to get them to change their minds. And in the end they all learn that the best teams are the ones that everyone gets to play on!

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-The first title features a little boy having bath-time fun. In imaginative color illustrations, the bubbles multiply and float through the house, outdoors, and into the neighborhood until, "Will bubbles never stop?/Sun gets hotter./Bubbles pop." Short sentences, rhyming words, and repetition help beginning readers to feel successful. In the second book, first-grader Emma wants to play soccer with the boys on the playground, so her dad helps her to devise a plan to make them understand that it's OK for boys and girls to play together. This is a useful story for dealing with gender roles, emotions, and conflict resolution. The colorful cartoon characters are endearing. Both books are solid additions.-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2004 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Margaret McNamara
Margaret McNamara is the author of three other titles about Mr. Tiffin's class: A Poem in Your Pocket, called a nimble introduction to poetry by the New York Times;The Apple Orchard Riddle, said to spark fruitful curriculum discussion by School Library Journal; and How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, called illuminating by Family Fun magazine. She is also the author of The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot and George Washington's Birthday. Ms. McNamara lives in New York City. Visit her on the Web at

G. Brian Karas is the prolific, versatile, and award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including A Poem in Your Pocket, How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, and The Apple Orchard Riddle. He also illustrated A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards; Neville by Norton Juster; Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming, which received four starred reviews; Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and Home on the Bayou, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. Visit him at
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Publication date
April 20, 2004
Ready to Read: Level One
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV032000 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | General
JUV017000 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | General
Library of Congress categories
Sex role

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