“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Frindle. Written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Brian Selznick. Atheneum Books, c. 1996, 105 pp.
Reading Level: 830L
Synopsis: Nick Allen had always taken his learning into his own hands until his fifth grade teacher Mrs. Granger puts a damper on his fun. After learning about how words are formed, Nick decides to change the word pen into frindle and soon the word spreads around school and then, around town. Soon, Nick was getting the media’s attention about the new word. Nick would soon become rich as a result of the word, but he learned a valuable lesson to keep some good ideas to himself and that not all ideas need to be shared.
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This book could be used as part of a Word Study Unit or a unit on Economics/Government since part of the book deals with business aspects, such as lawsuits and consumers, etc.
Content Area Connections: Economics, Government, Media, Language Arts
Possible Areas of Concern: Some of the language and concepts used in the story may need further explaining for students.