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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Interesting tidbits that kids will absorb without really trying, whether it's folk stories or information on sea turtles.
Each story shows the family's great relationship.
Positive Role Models
Adult figures are present, engaged, and participate in constructive and loving dialogue with the kids. The kids are respectful, happy, supportive, and inquisitive with occasional moments of sibling rivalry.
Violence & Scariness
Mild instances only that don't result in injuries: characters get trapped in an elevator during a black-out, a hurricane strikes and the family hears lots of wind and trees falling, and airport security searches one of the main character's possessions by hand.
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Products & Purchases
Mention of some brands, mostly junk food including Life Savers and Jolly Ranchers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a lighthearted, happy look at grade school and family life, with 9-year-old Sassy the heart of this cheery chapter book series. There's no questionable content.
Is It Any Good?
Appealing characters and funny situations make this series fun and engaging for elementary school readers. The plots are light and a bit thin, but kids will easily relate to the family and classroom scenes.
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