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Betsy Byars's rollicking story will tickle your funny bone. Literature Extensions/Alternative Book Report Activities Health/Human Growth and DevelopmentBingo is concerned about his adolescent growth pattern, manifested in rapidly growing arms. He also is interested in the development of his family's new baby. Provide books that answer questions about the human body and its growth patterns. Some are What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sons by Lynda Madaras and Dane Saavedra (Newmarket, 1987), Everything You Need to Know About Growing Up Male by Bruce Glassman (Rosen, 1991), Your Growing Child (Time Life, 1987), and A Child Is Born by Lennart Nilsson (Delacorte Press, 1990).

Henshaw (Morrow Junior Books, 1983). Since the events of that book, he has mostly adjusted to life with his single-parent room and only occasional visits from his father. Money continues to worry Leigh's mother, but she and Leigh have a strong relationship and successfully handle their life together. Leigh and his best friend, Barry, adopt a dog abandoned on the beach. Because Leigh and his mother have a strict landlady, joint custody seems to be the only way Leigh can share Strider's ownership.

Booktalks. Booktalking is a terrific way to sell books to potential readers. These talks should catch the listener's attention like "coming attractions" at the movies. They are "short and sweet" and not the same as book reviews, reports, or analyses. The "In the Aisle" booktalks are spontaneous sells suitable for grabbing a book off the shelf or doing many quick booktalks together. Tantalizing information is given, but few specific details are included. Using excerpts from the text is the best way to give the true flavor of a book in a more prepared or traditional booktalk.

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