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  • 32 of 44 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Montgomery City Public.

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0 current holds with 44 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Montgomery City Public Library E LAT (Text) 31927000026205 Easy Picture Books Available -

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General Note:
2021-22 Show Me Reader nominee
Award Winner
Summary, etc.:
A charming and significant story set prior to the Civil Rights Movement about a boy who finds a way to challenge segregation laws. Frank has always been obsessed with elephants. He loves their hosepipe trunks, tree stump feet, and swish-swish tails. So when Miss Fancy, the elephant, retires from the circus and moves two blocks from his house to Avondale Park, he's over the moon! Frank really wants to pet her. But Avondale Park is just for white people, so Frank is not allowed to see Miss Fancy. Frank is heartbroken but he doesn't give up: instead he makes a plan! Frank writes to the City Council so his church can host a picnic in the park, and he can finally meet Miss Fancy. All of his neighbors sign the letter, but when some protest, the picnic is cancelled and Frank is heartbroken all over again. Then Miss Fancy escapes the zoo, and it's up to Frank to find her before she gets hurt.
Target Audience Note:
570L Lexile
Decoding demand: 68 (high) Semantic demand: 81 (very high) Syntactic demand: 83 (very high) Structure demand: 87 (very high) Lexile
Grades K-2
5-8 years
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 505597.
Awards Note:
2021-2022 Show-Me Readers Award nominee
Subject: Segregation > United States > Pictorial works > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > Juvenile fiction.
Elephants > Juvenile fiction.
Segregation > Juvenile fiction.
Birmingham (Ala.) > Fiction.
Genre: Children's stories.
Picture books.

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