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The Straight Line Wonder

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Three straight lines are the best of friends. But when one of them gets tired of being straight all of the time, his friends are embarrassed and run off, leaving him alone. What happens next will enchant and delight all who read this tale about the value of being true to yourself. Full color.

Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 6/1/1997 Pages: 32 Reading Level
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Mondo Pub (first published October 1st 1996)
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Who says?! This book reminded me of that sentiment time and time again. Who says a line has to be straight all of the time? I totally enjoyed the language in this story ("creep in heaps") and it made for a fun read aloud with fourth graders.
It's okay to be different and try new things.
Like this book. Shows children its ok to be different. There are 3 straight lines and 1 of them decides not to be straight anymore. He becomes famous and his other 2 straight line friends love that hes different and famous.
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The Straight Line Wonder by Mem Fox, Pictures by Mark Rosenthal – I just loved the simplicity, rhythm, repetition of this book. I love the independence of straight line #1 ignoring peer pressure and loving life.
this book is actually really stupid. except that it's also so awesome cuz it's about a line who refuses to be straight & then goes into SHOW BUSINESS. "sometimes it's important not to be straight." yes.
Kelli Graham
A must read for the classroom read aloud list! =)
Perfect book to read for individuality and celebrating who you are rather than who you aren't--touching book that I love to read each year. =)
Aug 14, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens
I love reading Mem Fox's books to our girls, and although this isn't our favorite, it's still a great story with a good lesson about being true to yourself and not being afraid to be different.
Candice Call
This would be a good book to use to show that you don't have to follow your peers and that it is okay to be different. Could be used in multiple ways to relate to many differnt topics.
Aug 15, 2012 Vivian added it
A fun story about being yourself and not worrying so much about others think -- good to share with 5-8 year olds.
The first half of this book is perfect. I see what Fox was trying to do here, but the subtext is just too contrived.
A cute story about being different. Its ok to be different and it should be celebrated.
Erin Banet
Great book! I love the way it teaches to just be yourself! Great illustrations too!
super cute book about being yourself.
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Mem Fox was born in Australia, grew up in Africa, studied drama in England, and returned to Adelaide, Australia in 1970, where she has lived with her husband, Malcolm, and daughter Chloë, happily ever after.

Mem Fox is Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first book, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book ever in Australia, with sales of over three million. And in th
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