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Four Good Friends (Modern Curriculum Press Beginning to Read)

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A book by Margaret Hillert

This collection features 96 books to give primary students varied book choices in a wide range of reading levels. Many of the books by well-known author, poet, and former first grade teacher Margaret Hillert. The series is divided in to four child-centered … see full wiki

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Author: Margaret Hillert
Publisher: Modern Curriculum Press
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Based on a Grim Story

  • Sep 15, 2010
Rating:
+3
I was racking my brain trying to remember where I had read this story before. Turns out -- and no, I had to do research, couldn't recall where I had read it before -- that Margaret Hillert drew upon an old Grimm's fairytale, "The Bremen Town Musicians" for "Four Good Friends".

I like this story because it's a little different from the usual almost overly cheerful primers that small fry are given. It's starts out sad, with the four animals crying, but soon gets on to the adventure and the burglars.

What I don't like is that this adventure is not going to make sense to children if the original story hasn't already been read to them. For example, in this book the robbers run away, but it's not at all clear why.

THE SKINNY:::
This is a wonderful primer BUT you are going to have to read the children one of the many versions of "The Bremen Town Musicians" that are out there first. After you do that, this book will make sense and children are really going to get excited about being to re-tell the story themselves (albeit in much simpler language :)

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