Just Grace Goes Green (Just Grace Series #4)

Just Grace Goes Green (Just Grace Series #4)

by Charise Mericle Harper


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Grace can do a lot of things...but can she save the planet???? Or at the very least, can she help her best friend Mimi get her favorite stuffed animal back?

Lots of exciting things are happening to Grace and her friends. Most exciting of all, Mimi's older cousin Gwen is coming to stay with Mimi, and Miss Lois's class is GOING GREEN! For their "green" project, Grace and Mimi aim to inspire their friends and classmates to conserve plastic bottles. But a far more important issue is that Gwen has taken a strong liking to Mimi's favorite stuffed toy, Willoughby. Just Grace uses her empathy superpower to figure out ways to make her best friend feel better, and she makes a difference for the environment too. Yard sales, toy owls, decorated plastic water bottles, flaming onion rings, and a very entrepreneurial Sammy Stringer make this another winning entry in the JUST GRACE series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547248219
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/17/2009
Series: Just Grace Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 250,892
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Charise Mericle Harper is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the “Just” Grace series. In a starred review, Booklist called Just Grace “hilarious” and said, “Give this to . . . anyone looking for a funny book.” Charise lives in New York with her family.

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1. Studying frogs.
2. Dressing up as Irish leprechauns.
3. Getting free money.
4. Eating lots of spinach or salad.

Learning about new ways to save energy, recycle, and save the planet and it’s inhabitants, which means all the plants and animals and us. Miss Lois said our planet needed our help and we were all going to be superheroes of conservation and save the earth! Then she did something that was totally like Mr. Frank and not at all like Miss Lois. She asked us to each design our own superhero costume.
   When a project is fun people sometimes want to do even more work than they are supposed to. This doesn’t happen very often, so Miss Lois smiled when she said it was okay to design two different costumes if we wanted.
   It was hard to get everybody to stop doing the fun part of saving the earth and concentrate on the learning part of saving the earth. Jane Dublin was especially unhappy when she found out that Miss Lois was not going to take our designs home and make us all real costumes to wear. Her costume was a pretty cool butterfly kind of thing. She would have sure looked great in it because she’s got long, skinny legs kind of like a bug. Other people, like Owen 1, didn’t really do a very good job of thinking about their design as a real costume. It would have been really hard for him to even fit in his.
   Miss Lois tried to make everybody feel better by saying that all our designs would make great Halloween costumes. She just doesn’t know that most boys would never wear superhero costumes when they could wear gross masks and creepy clothes dripping with fake blood instead.

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"With short, snappy sentences and lots of small black-and-white cartoons, the book features young grade-schoolers’ realistic talks about feeling mad, jealous, and happy with classmates and family (“How to make a bad day worse”).Grace is also concerned about pollution and what kids can do about it, and Harper offers specific suggestions, from recycling and decorating plastic water bottles to saving endangered red pandas, switching off the lights at home, and holding a yard sale. Instead of boring arithmatic, Grace wants exciting lessons about how to save the planet, and readers will want them too after finishing this enjoyable read."—Booklist

"Girls who are settling into chapter book series featuring Clementine and Judy Moody will love the fast pace and familiar school and family situations. Grace’s amusing lists and headlines such as "How to Make a Bad Day Worse" and "What I Did That Was Unusual" will keep readers entertained, and Harper’s sketches add interest and break up the text, leaving the new reader time to pause and smile."—Horn Book

"This is an appealing book for early chapter-book readers. Fans of the series are sure to enjoy it, but it can stand on its own."—School Library Journal

"a fun read for kids and adults."—BookPage

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Just Grace Goes Green (Just Grace Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace tries to save the environment as well as her best friend Mimi's heart from being broken as her cousin Gwen thinks Mimi gave her her favorite stuffed animal to keep! Can Grace save the environment? Will Mimi be heartbroken forever?! Read to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just grace goes green is a great plot and it really teaches you to take care of the earth.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book in the JUST GRACE series for younger school students. Grace is in the third grade. Her teacher, Miss Lois, is teaching a unit on going green. Grace and her best friend, Mimi, have to do a project for the unit. Mimi's older cousin is coming to visit and both girls are excited. This is a great series for upper elementary students who are struggling with reading. Grace is likable and funny. There are also many facts about what pollution is doing to our planet. Did you know that every time you flush the toilet that you use 3.5 gallons of water? When you compare that to families in third world countries who live on only 10 gallons a day, that makes you think. My favorite part was when they had to design a superhero costume for conserving the planet. That was super creative and something I am going to steal for my own class!
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just Grace Goes Green continues the adventures of elementary schooler, Just Grace, so named because of the multiple Graces in her class. In this 4th installment of the series, Grace¿s class is learning about recycling, and her best friend, Mimi, has a cousin coming to visit.While there are some amusing parts, such as when Grace goes shopping for a birthday present for cousin, Gwen,¿Mom said that she liked the present I picked out for Gwen so much that she thought I should have one too. Mom said it wasn¿t fair for both Gwen and me to have one and not give one to Mimi. Then on the way home from the store Mom stopped at a bakery and we bought cupcakes. WHO IS THIS MOM? It was like a shopping alien had taken over her body or something,¿other humorous attempts fall flat, or appear to be targeted at adults. What elementary school reader will understand this reference to the Vapors 1980 hit, ¿Turning Japanese?¿¿I could tell what we were going to have for dinner the minute I walked into the house. Mom has this silly way of asking Dad to order sushi for dinner. ¿ When Mom wants sushi she plays her special sushi song on the CD player. I don¿t really know what¿s called but the main part of the song say, `I¿m turning Japanese oh yes I¿m turning Japanese I really think so.¿ It¿s kind of like their secret code.¿While a laudable attempt, much of the recycling message comes across as too academic. In several instances, the author uses Just Grace¿s recycling or endangered species lessons to itemize factual information,¿6. Red pandas are endangered because their homes are disappearing. People are cutting down their trees to use the wood and then building farms and towns where the trees used to be.¿A final criticism is the author¿s choice of Just Grace¿s final recycling project ¿ promoting the continuous use of disposable water bottles, decorating them to make them more attractive for re-use. I realize that there is no firm scientific backup for the claim that toxic chemicals may leach from disposable water bottles, however, there is certainly a suggestion that it may be possible. Given the fact that so many other recycling projects are possible, why did she choose this controversial one? Additionally, by having the characters decorate their bottles with glitter and glue; one can only assume that they won¿t be well-washed before re-use.Perhaps if I had read the earlier books, I would have formed a better bond with the main character and been slower to find fault. Overall, I think that the Just Grace series is popular (the many sketches and graphics interspersed throughout the story are simple and cute!) and has great potential for finding a loyal following of third and fourth grade readers; but for me, this particular title falls flat.
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I like it ,its funny , lovable. Not bad. Just grace is good for eight year olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh!!!! I absalutly LOVE the Just Grace series i cant stop reading it !!!!!!!!!!!! i hope you love it as much as i did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the just grace series! They are absolutly wonderful! You should give them a try! This is the 4th book of the just grace series.