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The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane

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Azaleah can't wait for her class field trip to the National Zoo in Washington D.C., especially when her teacher announces the chance to earn extra credit. But when Azaleah gets home, she quickly realizes extra credit isn't as easy as she thought. Azaleah's younger sister Tiana can't find Greenie, her stuffed animal, and she's sure he's been stolen. With Mama at the ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Picture Window Books
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amanda
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a 7 year old daughter and I requested this book mostly for her. We're black and oftentimes our stories are not told and I feel that it's important for her to read books where characters look like her and share the same cultural background.

To put it shortly, we loved this book. The illustrations are that amazing mix of cute and gorgeous and Azaleah is such a brave, smart character. I was reminded of Doc Mcstuffins in a way in fact!

This book wasn't just for my daughter however, it was for
...more
Rachel
*thank you to Netgalley, Capstone and Nikki Shannon Smith for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*


3 stars.

Man, am I the odd one out here. I was interested in this because I liked the sound of it and the cover attracted my attention. Unfortunately the story didn't interest me so much. I'd tried reading it from the mind of my inner child, taking it in as she would. I guess it just wasn't for me because clearly this book has been enjoyed by others.

I do have to add though that the
...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Third grader Azaleah lives in Washington, D.C. area, and is enthralled by the pandas when her class visits the National Zoo. When her teacher offers extra credit for constructing a diorama with the pandas, Azaleah is thrilled, because she enjoys the STEM focus of her school.Her weekend ends up being very busy, with her mother running a local restaurant, her father being a lawyer, and her sister Nia having the leading role in her school's production of The Wis. It
...more
Marion Jones
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a darling chapter book! At the very beginning, we learn about Azaleah and her family. I think this brief introduction is a great idea. It gives the reader the opportunity to learn about the characters in the book ahead of time, and therefore, draws them in and helps to get them invested in the story. Incorporated in the story are facts about the area – Washington, D.C. – as well as information regarding endangered animals. This allows for teachable moments within the story.
The illustrations
...more
Arpita Shrivastava
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Azaleah is a third-grader who lives in Washington D.C with two sisters (elder one: a middle schooler named Nia and 4-year-old Tianna) along with her parents in a big white-colored house which she calls her White House. She visits a zoo along with her classmates and teachers as a field trip on one Friday and has a class project to complete over the weekend. As she reaches home from school it turns out to be the most occupied and crazy weekend.

This book is great for kids age 4 - 8 years old. The
...more
Jes Smith
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Azaleah loves mysteries and challenges, but when her sister's favorite stuffed animal goes missing the same weekend Azaleah has an extra credit project due, she may have taken on more than she can handle. Nikki Shannon Smith's book is a great find. I work in an urban children's department and I am always looking for early chapter books that will interest our diverse population. Oftentimes POV characters of color deal with heavy topics on prejudice, which definitely is a huge literature need, but ...more
Sara Magnafichi
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Capstone Publishing for providing a copy of The Amazing Life Of Azaleah Lane with #collabookation. This is a fast paced, early reader perfect for first and second graders. Azaleah, a third grader, is determined to earn some extra credit by making a diorama after visiting the zoo. However, everyone else in family seems to be having their own issues and Azaleah struggles with getting her project done because she helped her younger sister retrace her steps after she loses her beloved ...more
Danielle Hammelef
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a finished copy for an honest review for Multicultural Children's Book Day this month. I loved the family relationships--the parental involvement and love and respect that this family had for each other. The characters were well-developed and spot on for the kids' ages. The chapters were well-paced and short enough for beginning chapter book readers. I would recommend this delightful mystery book to all elementary classroom teachers as well as parents seeking attention-grabbing ...more
Donald Scott
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Washington D.C. third-grader Azaleah Lane takes a field trip with her class to the National Zoo, the little girl has such a great time, later she readily jumps at the chance to make a diorama of one of the endangered species her class saw, for extra credit at school. Setting her entire weekend aside to craft her project so she can knock the socks off her teacher and principal, Azaleah's plans hit a snag when her little sister's favorite stuffed animal, comes up missing. As an older sister ...more
Diane
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great little story about a family and the dynamics of dealing with a younger and older sibling and two parents who are in very successful careers. I loved her thought processing, her willingness to give, and yet her desire to be creative and innovative.
Shari
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really love this chapter book about a little girl solving problems as she goes about her daily life. Her family was realistic and relatable, and Azaleah herself has a terrific voice throughout the book. She feels real emotions and works through typical kid problems (helping a sibling, working on a school project). I loved that she modeled writing a list, putting effort into a project, and that she saw her sister’s missing toy as a mystery to solve! I will happily share this book with my ...more
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Sep 16, 2019
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Jan 07, 2020
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Carmen Slaughter
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Nov 04, 2019
amanda
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a 7 year old daughter and I requested this book mostly for her. We're black and oftentimes our stories are not told and I feel that it's important for her to read books where characters look like her and share the same cultural background.

To put it shortly, we loved this book. The illustrations are that amazing mix of cute and gorgeous and Azaleah is such a brave, smart character. I was reminded of Doc Mcstuffins in a way in fact!

This book wasn't just for my daughter however, it was for
...more
Rachel
*thank you to Netgalley, Capstone and Nikki Shannon Smith for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*


3 stars.

Man, am I the odd one out here. I was interested in this because I liked the sound of it and the cover attracted my attention. Unfortunately the story didn't interest me so much. I'd tried reading it from the mind of my inner child, taking it in as she would. I guess it just wasn't for me because clearly this book has been enjoyed by others.

I do have to add though that the
...more
Marion Jones
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a darling chapter book! At the very beginning, we learn about Azaleah and her family. I think this brief introduction is a great idea. It gives the reader the opportunity to learn about the characters in the book ahead of time, and therefore, draws them in and helps to get them invested in the story. Incorporated in the story are facts about the area – Washington, D.C. – as well as information regarding endangered animals. This allows for teachable moments within the story.
The illustrations
...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Third grader Azaleah lives in Washington, D.C. area, and is enthralled by the pandas when her class visits the National Zoo. When her teacher offers extra credit for constructing a diorama with the pandas, Azaleah is thrilled, because she enjoys the STEM focus of her school.Her weekend ends up being very busy, with her mother running a local restaurant, her father being a lawyer, and her sister Nia having the leading role in her school's production of The Wis. It
...more
Donald Scott
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Washington D.C. third-grader Azaleah Lane takes a field trip with her class to the National Zoo, the little girl has such a great time, later she readily jumps at the chance to make a diorama of one of the endangered species her class saw, for extra credit at school. Setting her entire weekend aside to craft her project so she can knock the socks off her teacher and principal, Azaleah's plans hit a snag when her little sister's favorite stuffed animal, comes up missing. As an older sister ...more
Arpita Shrivastava
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Azaleah is a third-grader who lives in Washington D.C with two sisters (elder one: a middle schooler named Nia and 4-year-old Tianna) along with her parents in a big white-colored house which she calls her White House. She visits a zoo along with her classmates and teachers as a field trip on one Friday and has a class project to complete over the weekend. As she reaches home from school it turns out to be the most occupied and crazy weekend.

This book is great for kids age 4 - 8 years old. The
...more
Danielle Hammelef
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a finished copy for an honest review for Multicultural Children's Book Day this month. I loved the family relationships--the parental involvement and love and respect that this family had for each other. The characters were well-developed and spot on for the kids' ages. The chapters were well-paced and short enough for beginning chapter book readers. I would recommend this delightful mystery book to all elementary classroom teachers as well as parents seeking attention-grabbing ...more
Shari
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really love this chapter book about a little girl solving problems as she goes about her daily life. Her family was realistic and relatable, and Azaleah herself has a terrific voice throughout the book. She feels real emotions and works through typical kid problems (helping a sibling, working on a school project). I loved that she modeled writing a list, putting effort into a project, and that she saw her sister’s missing toy as a mystery to solve! I will happily share this book with my ...more
Sara Magnafichi
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Capstone Publishing for providing a copy of The Amazing Life Of Azaleah Lane with #collabookation. This is a fast paced, early reader perfect for first and second graders. Azaleah, a third grader, is determined to earn some extra credit by making a diorama after visiting the zoo. However, everyone else in family seems to be having their own issues and Azaleah struggles with getting her project done because she helped her younger sister retrace her steps after she loses her beloved ...more
Jes Smith
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Azaleah loves mysteries and challenges, but when her sister's favorite stuffed animal goes missing the same weekend Azaleah has an extra credit project due, she may have taken on more than she can handle. Nikki Shannon Smith's book is a great find. I work in an urban children's department and I am always looking for early chapter books that will interest our diverse population. Oftentimes POV characters of color deal with heavy topics on prejudice, which definitely is a huge literature need, but ...more
Diane
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great little story about a family and the dynamics of dealing with a younger and older sibling and two parents who are in very successful careers. I loved her thought processing, her willingness to give, and yet her desire to be creative and innovative.
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I was born and raised in Oakland, CA and now live in Davis, CA with my husband and two children. I love to read, write, listen to music, dance, act silly, and visit the coast. I've worked at elementary schools for over 25 years, and love spending my days with children. My books include: The Little Christmas Elf (2011), Treasure Hunt (2019), Ann Fights for Freedom: An Underground Railroad Survival ...more