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Danitra Brown, Class Clown

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They may be best friends, but Zuri Jackson and Danitra Brown respond very differently to the start of school. For Zuri, there are so many things to ponder -- a new teacher who replaced the old one she liked so much, passing math, and worrying about her mother's health. But for Danitra, the only real deal is being true to herself, having fun, and supporting Zuri in any way ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Amistad
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Errin Tucker
This book is a poetry book and is designed for children in the intermediate age group(ages eight to twelve). The story is about a girl who is having a hard time preparing to start a new school soon. Her best friend Danitra makes it all better by encouraging her.
I gave this book 5 stars because I really enjoyed it. I think children of this age will be able to relate to this story. I like that it was written in a poetic way but is still able to be understood by readers. I liked how Danitra turned
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Angelina
1. Poetry
2. This is a collection of poems that follow best friends Zuri Jackson and Danitra Brown as they start a new school year.
3. A. Character/ Point of View
B. This is told in first person point of view from the perspective of Zuri; however, Zuri highlights her best friend in almost every poem, and Danitra becomes the second main character. One would think that using poetry would be harder to create such in depth character development; nevertheless, author Nikki Grimes is able to create reali
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Kelley
Critique- Picture Book/Poetry

A collection of poems about the start of a new school year for friends Zuri and Danitra, the challenges they face in school and at home, and the strength of friendship. A.) In the majority of poems the author uses couplets for a rhyming scheme. B.) The use of rhyming is a helpful way to have young children follow along in poetry. Because of the predictability of similar sounds students may be able to read words they are not familiar with based on their knowledge that
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Mitchell M
Danitra Brown, Class Clown
Grade/interest level: Primary (2nd to 3rd)
Reading level: Fountas and Pinnell: N
Grade: 3.4
Genre: poetry
Main Characters: Danitra and Zuri
Setting: not specified, present time
POV: from Zuri’s poems

This is a book filled with poetry from Zuri’s point of view. Zuri writes about schoolwork, teacher, Danitra’s life, Danitra’s mom’s health, and friendship. It is an adventurous type of book which I think students can follow and they will fall in love with Danitra’s character becau
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Maribel Galvez
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary (3-5)
Reading level: 4.1 (Lexile N/A)
Genre: Poetry, Multicultural

Main Characters: Danitra Brown, Zuri Jackson, Miss Volchek
Setting: Danitra’s school and home
POV: Zuri Jackson

Zuri is feeling apprehensive about her first day back at school. She worries about adjusting to a new teacher, new classroom, and new bullies. Once she sees Danitra, her worries are lessened because Zuri has her best friend by her side. Danitra is always there for Zuri. For example,
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Crystal
This is a great book for the beginning of the school year. Zuri is worried about the new year with a new teacher, but her friend Danitra is there for her. Danitra has a strong sense of self and doesn't seem to be a worrier so she balances out Zuri. They are a great example of friendship.
Ch_kendrachristo
This is the touching story, told in rhyme, of two best friends who face a new school year and a new teacher together. Zuri is shy and nervous about the year ahead of her. Danitra is the class clown who makes Zuri forget her troubles. Throughout the story, during the highs and lows, the girls are always there for one another. This story teaches children to stick with their friends in good times and bad. "Danitra Brown, Class Clown" is appropriate for grades one through five.
Cathy
Best friends Danitra Brown and Zuri Jackson have different views about how to interact with challenges in life and at school. Zuri is the deep thinker and Danitra takes a more carefree, fun approach. Zuri knows that she can depend on Danitra whenever she needs support.
Jennifer
Favorite poem:
"Stomachache"

I have a fever.
I feel a chill.
My stomach aches.
I need a pill.
Danitra says
it's in my mind.
"You'll wake tomrrow
and you'll be fine."
I hope she's wrong.
I need my rest.
I'm way too sick
to take a test.


Also, just look at that spunk on the front cover--
everyone needs a friend like her in their life.
Emerson School  Library
I love that these short rhyming poems create such a strong narrative about friendship and school. They offer a great opportunity to discuss character development. The watercolor illustrations complement the sweetness of the poems, while the rhymes make the narrative as catchy as it is realistic.
Savannah
I absolutely loooooooove this book!!! Its a book of poems that tell a story of this young girls school year. You may seriously laugh and then later you may cry. Great for students of all ages. Im sure theres a poem in there that they can relate to.
Autumn
5 stars for the expression on Danitra Brown's face on the cover. The watercolors in this book are wonderful, vibrant and capture the essence of actual kids. As a quiet person who always relished a good loud friend in school, this one struck home for me.
Carman
Danitra Brown is a book of poems that tell one complete story of friendship. This is a nice book to use in class to illustrate different types of writing and poetry.
Jessica
Danitra Brown is Zuri Jackson bestfriend. Zuri often gets anxious and nervous at school but Danitra always makes it better
Mark
Great combination of artwork and poems that interconnect.
Mz. Carter
This was a good little short book. It was true.
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