Got to Read These: GRADE 2

Because of Winn-Dixie

DiCamillo, Kate

CALL #: D54b

GS Fiction

Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of ten-year old Opal. She has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her preacher father. On an errand to the grocery store Opal finds a large, ugly, homeless dog. Opal is immediately attached to the dog whom she names Winn Dixie after the grocery store where she finds him. Together they make friends with Otis, an ex-convict who runs the local pet store; Miss Fanny, the librarian who has a desk full of “Litmus Lozenges” a type of candy which her great grandfather invented; and Gloria Dump, the lady the local children think of as a witch because of her jungle-like yard. This book will make you laugh as Opal and Winn Dixie make friends with these very likable characters in this small southern town.

The Cricket in Times Square

Selden, George

CALL # : Se4c

GS Fiction

After Chester, a cricket, arrives in the Times Square subway station from his native Connecticut via a picnic basket, he takes up residence in the Bellinis’ news stand. There tiny Chester is lucky enough to find three good friends:  a little boy named Mario, whose parents run the unsuccessful newsstand; a fast-talking Broadway mouse called Tucker; and Tucker’s pal, Harry Cat. Between escapades in New York City, the four somehow manage to bring success to the almost bankrupt news stand.

James and the Giant Peach

by: Dahl, Roald

CALL #: D13j

GS Fiction

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends—Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more.

After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins!


Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo. Retrieved September 7, 2010 from

Miller, Gay. (2007). The Cricket in Times Square. Retrieved September 7, 2010 from

Barnes& Noble. (2010). James and the giant Peach. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved September 7, 2010 from http:// James-and-the-Giant-Peach/Roald-Dahl/e/9780140374247

By: Maricar L. Polestico


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