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Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  187 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
"I live at 165 East 95th Street, and I'm going to stay here forever." says the young hero firmly. After all, out West nobody plays baseball because they're too busy chasing buffaloes, and you have to ride a horse to school even if you don't know how, and you can't sit down because of the cactus. But his parents are moving West, and they say he has to go, too. Once there, h ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 30th 1990 by Aladdin (first published 1980)
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Jodi Welsh
Aug 29, 2010 Jodi Welsh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 2nd and 3rd graders
Recommended to Jodi by: a 3rd grade teacher
This is a cute book that has a moral, "Don't believe everything you hear; find out for yourself before you judge it.". It's about a boy who had to move from the east, New York to way out west and he wasn't looking forward to it at all. He was afraid of what he had heard about the west. While he was at the airport, he met a boy from out west who had to move to New York. This boy heard terrible things about New York. This is a good read aloud and reread. It could also be a good witing prompt idea.
Eva Kartini & Biko
May 05, 2014 Eva Kartini & Biko rated it really liked it
Shelves: evas-shelf
I like it because it's funny and has gila monsters. They don't really meet you at the airport, I know that because I also moved from the east to the west. I like friends and so I liked reading about how Seymour and his friend, who like to eat salami together. This book is about friendship and its message is "don't be afraid when you move to a new place to live!" - Eva
Gracie Guagenti
Jul 17, 2014 Gracie Guagenti rated it liked it
A boy wants to stay in the home he knows and loves but his parents move him out West. Throughout the book he describes what he believes about the West. Then he meets a boy at the airport who is moving East and he listens to that boy describe what he believes about people out East. Once he arrives out West he realizes things aren't all bad.
This book would be good for educators to use when introducing a Flat Stanley or pen-pal unit to late Elementary students. They could predict what they believe
Apr 02, 2015 Lydia rated it really liked it
A boy's family is moving away from New York City on the East coast of the U.S.A. to out west. The boy is less than thrilled about this, and shares all the things he's heard about the West, which causes him to dread the change even more. However, a chance encounter helps him have a better outlook on the move.

This is a book I remember seeing on Reading Rainbow ages ago, and loving when I was a kid, though I didn't remember a lot of the story. It does hold up for re-reading and I think the fears e

Apr 17, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Gila Monsters Meet You At the Airport by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, illustrated by Byron Barton is a funny, clever look at a child's fears reqarding moving. In this case the boy has preconceived notions of how strange his new city in the West will be compared to his home in the Eastern US. He fears there will be no baseball, because they're too busy chasing buffalo. He's sure there is cactus everywhere, everyone talks s l o w l y, and that he'll have to ride a horse to school. He's worried about ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
This book is about misconceptions people have about people, places, and culture. I could relate with the book from the perspective of reader response theory questions.I connected to the story because I moved to Arizona from California. Although I knew and I had visited Arizona many years ago, I still had to encounter some of the misconceptions about this state. One of them was there are no trees in Arizona only cacti.

At the begining of my reading, this book made me feel uncomfortable because it
Jul 24, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a humorous tale about misperceptions of living in different parts of the country. The concept would hold true for overseas places as well, and I liked how we experience what's imagined and what's real throughout the story. I also liked that the boy moving to the East had equally preposterous notions of life in New York City.

The narrative is fairly short and the illustrations are humorous and cartoonish. We enjoyed reading this book together.
Caroline Braun
This was a pretty cute book and it had a lesson. It's lesson was that you can't judge something until you've tried it or in the books case, you can't judge a place until you've been there. The main character judged the south before going there and then found out it wasn't at all like what he had originally thought.
Oct 24, 2015 Stacie rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Cute but somehow it's like an angel for Solomon singer turned backwards and told from the perspective of a boy not an old man. And I grabbed these two books at random from a shelf at the library. Weird!
Aug 01, 2010 Patty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-record
Illustrator: Byron Barton
Age: Elementary
Summary: A New York City boy's preconceived ideas of life in the West make him apprehensive about the family's move there.
Applications/Uses: Exploring the differences between city and desert life, the animals found in those different areas, and what is the difference between expectations and what will really be in a different part of the world, it could also just be a good story to have if a student moves into or out of your classroom (town) to read to kno
Benjamin Elliott
May 24, 2016 Benjamin Elliott rated it really liked it
This book tackles the idea of moving in a way that I think a kid would understand. As the country, and the whole world, become more connected, I think that a lot of the exaggerations and misunderstandings about different geographical areas are lessening, but they are still there, and the anxiety about moving to a new place never really goes away.
Oct 01, 2013 Kristy rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I borrowed this from the library when I was looking for stories that showed kids being strong in the face of change, or getting over fears of not being able to deal with something. This one does that. It's a brief book with cute illustrations about a boy moving from one area of the United States to another. My seven-year-old liked it.
Maria Garcia
Oct 06, 2013 Maria Garcia rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: Ages K-5
Reading Level: Ages 3 to up
Lexile Reading Level: AD560L

Delicately illustrated to catch young audience's attention. Perfect to create cultural awareness (within national cultures and to reduce anxiety when moving to a new place. Easy and fun wording, understandable even by the youngest kids.
Jun 23, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Forever etched in my mind is a Reading Rainbow episode, with LeVar Burton, featuring this book. It's a pretty good book though not deserving of the praise heaped upon it by Mr. Burton.
Jun 18, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
really enjoyedthis book about a boy's misconceptions of what people "out west" are like.

and this is the 5000 book i've rated. glad it was one of the good ones in today's stack.
Jun 01, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A friend told me this was her favorite childhood book (or at least one that stuck in her memory). It's a good one, dealing with misconceptions of people and places.
Mar 05, 2012 Polly rated it really liked it
A cute book about geographic stereotypes, and I don't think kids get the concept of dated, so probably it's fine, although it looks distinctly old to me.
Jan 19, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, picture-book
This picture book reminds me of how some people think that everyone from Texas is a cowboy! It's a pretty good book, but not great.
Owen Sorensen
Feb 16, 2011 Owen Sorensen rated it liked it
This is the other fugitive library book. It's not as good as Bagdad Ate It but we still feel we need o get our money's worth!
Great little book to counter some of the preconceived ideas we often form when heading into a new situation or location.
Apr 15, 2009 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
An extremely funny spoof of cultural stereotypes. Great story to share with families.
Maggy Irene
Aug 21, 2010 Maggy Irene rated it it was amazing
Themes: misconceptions of the unknown, moving away, fear, continental differences
Jami Dwyer
Oct 24, 2007 Jami Dwyer rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jami by: Powell's Books browsing
Great, cute story. Not sure what age it's best for, though. Three is too young.
Oct 12, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amanda by: reading rainbow
Shelves: kids
one of my favorite books as a kid. I saw it on reading rainbow of course!
Nov 17, 2010 SmarterLilac rated it it was amazing
I must have read this about five hundred times as a kid. Great book.
Lesson: don't stereotype/ don't knock it 'til you try it
Jul 28, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: reading-rainbow
Reading Rainbow: Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport
Jan 07, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book got me through the move to Arizona
Jun 09, 2008 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: little-peeps
This books is funny and it addresses stereotypes.
Susanne Bonichi vorlage
Jun 21, 2013 Susanne Bonichi vorlage rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite kids books!
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Marjorie Weinman Sharmat is an American children's writer. She has written more than 130 books for children and teens and her books have been translated into several languages. They have won awards including Book of the Year by the Library of Congress or have become selections by the Literary Guild.
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