Each year, as Thanksgiving approaches, I take a moment to reflect and give thanks to the books that influence me, my family, and my students. Today, I’m thankful for:
Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Realistic fiction, Humorous. Stand-alone / series (Fudge). Share with ages 5+.
Peter Hatcher shares stories about life as a fourth grader, both at school and at home. It’s his little brother, 3-year-old Fudge that makes this chapter book – first published in 1972 – appealing to readers today. Fudgie steals the story with his outrageous-yet-believable antics in the humorous, memoir-themed chapters.
I read this book over 30 years ago in 4th grade and loved every moment. My husband and I shared it with J-girl and my boy H this summer on our 2014 West Coast Road Trip, laughing our way through the desert in Utah and Nevada. Not a week goes by without someone saying “Eat It or Wear It!” during dinner in homage to Fudge’s dinnertime drama. Thanks, Judy Blume!