Saturday, April 17, 2010

Keena Ford Melissa Thomson Frank Morrison

Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-up by Melissa Thomson illus by Frank Morrison
This is the second book in this new early reader series. Keena Ford's second grade class is going on a field trip to U.S. Capitol. Keena accidentally cuts one of her braids off playing with scissors. She makes a new braid out of yarn and covers her head with a scarf that looks like an American flag for the trip.

Keena's hair mishap is revealed to the entire class in the Capitol by Tiffany. The congressman, the class is visiting, lets Keena in one on a secret to make her feel better. Keena Ford is a very likeable character. She isn't a stranger to trouble, does her best to stay out of it, and always apologizes. Thomson takes advantage of the trip to the Capitol to include some facts about Congress. Besides visiting the Capitol, Keena's class is holding elections for student council. Keena is running. Also, Keena really wants to be the last one in line aka the caboose. I enjoyed this as much as the first one. I am a big fan of Morrison's work. He makes Keena Ford look hip, stylish, cool and contemporary.
Read an excerpt


Robin Gaphni said...

This looks like a fabulous early reader series. I'm going to check it out!

Doret said...

Robin - I think you'll like it.

Jeannine said...

My daughter really loves this series.