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Literature: "Flip-Flop Girl" by Katherine Paterson

These websites are about the book “Flip-Flop Girl” and author Katherine Paterson. Includes summaries, reviews, and biographies. There is also information about some of the major themes in the book such as the death of a parent, living with grandparents, and emotions. Includes a link to an eTheme resource on the literature theme of friendship.

Grades

  • 4,
  • 5

Links

Read all about Katherine Paterson and her books on her official website.
The author discusses the importance of reading, reading aloud, and writing. She talks about her platform of "Read for Your Life" as National Ambassador of Young People's Literature.
This biography of the author includes reviews of several of her books, including "Flip-Flop Girl."
Here is a summary of the book.
Here is a list of other books about dealing with death.
Scroll down to read a list of children's common reactions to the death of a loved one.
Find out how many children in America live with their grandparents, and read about what it may be like to move in with grandparents. NOTE: This site contains ads.
This website includes links to activities on jealousy and grief, two of the emotions that Vinnie feels during the story.
These sites have tips on making friends and how to resolve common problems that threaten friendships. There are several classroom activity ideas to help foster friendships among students. Includes lists of recommended children's books as well as links to eThemes Resources on books that include this theme.

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