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books for 2nd grader
I just agreed to start tutoring my friend's 2nd grade sister in reading. I've only taught secondary English but I know I can handle this - I just need a little guidance with materials. She is going to be repeating the year due to her poor reading skills. He says that she loves fantastical stories...especially "princess" stuff.

Can anyone recommend good books for the 2nd grade level that might catch her interest? Anything romantic/fantasy would be good. Also, I feel it's my duty as a role model to introduce her to stories with stronger heroines that aren't always the typical "damsel in distress" which I think sends a horrible message to little girls if that's all they are exposed to (and my friend agrees). I know if it has the fantasy elements she likes she would still like stronger heroines since she refused to leave the room when her brother saw the japanese anime "Revolutionary Girl Utena" which turns the typical fairy tale upside down.

Please post your suggestions ASAP so I can start collecting books!!!

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tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 14th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Might be a little advanced, but they're cracking good reads for girls, IMO:
Little Women
Anne of Green Gables
. Also
Caddie Woodlawn
is good, or the Little House books, maybe the Bobbsey Twins or Nancy Drew?

It's a little harder for me to recommend, as I've always been a good reader, and a precocious one.
heartofkara From: heartofkara Date: July 15th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I understand what you mean. I was a gifted kid, especially when it came to reading, so I was always reading way beyond my grade level with no problems and that's why I need help figuring out what's normal for each grade level...lolz.
ami_ven From: ami_ven Date: December 28th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
There's a series of books (maybe 6-10?) called "Princess School". They're chapter books, but pretty short, about semi-modern versions of fairy tale princesses going to school. If your friend's sister likes strong heroines, she'll love Rapunzel (like I do).

For more "classics", go for A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett, which are both fantastic. Also the Mandie book series by Lois Gladys Leppard (they have a Christian base, but are not overly religious).

Good luck with your tutoring!
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