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The Best Chef in Second Grade (Second Grade)

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Ollie is not the best at anything in second grade, but he does love to cook. So when he learns that the famous Chef Antonia will visit Room 75, he can't wait! However, everyone has to bring in their family's favorite dish--and Ollie has no Family Favorite. His little sister doesn't like anything! Will he lose his chance to finally be the best in the class?

A delicious blend
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by HarperCollins
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Caitlin W.
A great Easy Reader for children who like to spend time helping out in the kitchen, The Best Chef in Second Grade is a good choice for young readers who might still need a little assistance to get through a book. Ollie is a young boy who feels like he isn't the best at anything in his class. So when he hears that a famous chef is visiting the classroom and all the students will get to bring in their family's favorite dish, he's excited-- this could be his time to shine. Unfortunately, it's much ...more
Angie
Jun 29, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Synopsis: "Ollie is not the best at anything in second grade, but he does love to cook. So when he learns that the famous Chef Antonia will visit Room 75, he can't wait! However, everyone has to bring in their family's favorite dish--and Ollie has no Family Favorite. His little sister doesn't like anything! Will he lose his chance to finally be the best in the class?

A delicious blend of warmth and humor, this is a delightful story about doing what you love most."


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Sarah
With a message that everyone has a special talent, The Best Chef in Second Grade tells the story of Ollie, who’s only talent appears to be cooking, as he tries to find his family’s favorite dish. With boldly hued watercolor and ink pictures to accompany the large-type font and short paragraphs, the design of the book is inviting and not at all intimidating. Ollie’s quest for a family favorite, his sister Rosy’s obstinate refusal to like any food, and the excitement of an impending celebrity ...more
Kyra Boettcher
May 26, 2015 Kyra Boettcher rated it really liked it
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Kate
This book which L randomly pulled off the early reader shelf at the library turned out to be surprisingly relevant. A boy tries to figure out what "family favorite" dish to cook for a special food day at school. (A's class is having a cultural food celebration at school this week.) Regardless of this coincidence, this is a good story with a relatable protagonist who uses creative problem solving skills to meet a challenge.
Sara B
Nov 29, 2011 Sara B rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a young boy who thinks everyone in his class has a talent but him. His family doesn't even have a favorite food like the rest of his classmates. He is the odd one out. The teacher's sister is coming for a visit and the teacher wants everyone in the class to bring in their family's favorite dish to eat. What is he going to do? Does his family have a favorite dish and who is the teacher's sister? Could she be famous?
Sherry
Good early reader chapter book; good for booktalking to 1st and 2nd grade. Bright colors, simple text, several chapters. When a chef is scheduled to visit his classroom, second grader, Ollie, is not sure of what family favorite food to make and bring to school. When he makes his dish and embellishes it with a face, he discovers that the chef loved to do the same when she was young - making him feel very good about his choice and about himself.
Dolly
Nov 04, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
This is a fun book about children cooking and sharing their creations with their class. It's a good book for beginning readers and the topic is perfect for their level in school. The cooking abilities for the children in the book are quite advanced, but we are also working on teaching our girls to cook, so perhaps they will be closer to this level in a year or two.
Tam
Sep 19, 2013 Tam rated it really liked it
Shelves: school, early-reader
This is a "Reading with Help Level 2" meaning it's an engaging story with longer sentences and language play for developing readers. It has 4 short chapters.

Excerpt from the book:
"Ollie wanted to be the best at something in second grade. He was not the best reader. He was not the best runner. He was not the best artist. Everyone else in Room 75 seemed to shine."
Haley
Jun 16, 2015 Haley rated it really liked it
This book is broken up into 4 "chapters." The writing flowed well and I think a student at this reading level would really enjoy it. It was a cute book to show how everyone has their own special talent.

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18 - DRA
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Ky
Ollie is a little boy with a great idea. This is a great single reader book with a simple but wonderful story. It demonstrates thoughtfulness and confidence in oneself. Big words with pictures that can help guide the reader.
Beth
May 05, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Ollie has a goal to be the best of something from his room 75. When he learns that his favorite chef, Chef Antonia, will be visiting, he practices for the recipe that his entire family loves. His macaroni and cheese with a face wins the chef over.
Alessandra
Great quick read for a curious kid.



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