New Books for 3rd Graders

The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

Reading Level:  Grades 2-4

This is the remarkable true story of  John Price, former slave, and the citizens of Oberlin, Ohio.  In 1856, Price and two others managed a daring escape from slavery, and settled in Oberlin, then home to many abolitionists and former slaves.  Two years later, Price was snatched from the road by slave hunters.  His cry for help was heard by an Oberlin college student.  This is the inspiring story of the response to that cry.

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My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 9

A bunch of baby animals tell what they do on their first day of life, such as fighting their way out of shells or being pushed up to the ocean's surface for his first breath in this cute science book.

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Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

"Once upon a time my life was normal.  Then the mirror in our basement ate us."

When a magic mirror transports 10-year-old Abby and her little brother Jonah to the forest next to the cottage of the seven dwarves, they stop Snow White from eating the poisoned apple.  Now Snow White has two problems: 1) The evil queen keeps trying to kill her and 2) Since she didn't eat the apple, the prince didn't kiss her so she has lost her chance to live happily ever after.

It is up to Abby and Jonah to help the clueless Snow White stay alive AND get her happliy ever after.  Then they can try to get back home.

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For more fractured fairytales  try:

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker

Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner and

Little Wolf's Book of Badness by Ian Whybrow

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