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The Spelling Bee Before Recess

Written by Deborah Lee Rose & illustrated by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
Published by Abrams
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Goodreads Rating - 3.9 / 5.0
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The students were squirming

but none made a sound,

as the spelling bee entered

its championship round.

It’s right before recess, and the annual school spelling bee is down to just three spellers: Cornelius the Genius, Smart Ruby, and The Slugger, who never strikes out. Round after round, the words whizz at them, but with one minute left until recess, there’s still no winner. Who will triumph? It all comes down to one final word, and a curveball that no one sees coming!

Deborah Lee Rose’s clever rhyming text packs a laugh-out-loud wallop with words that young readers will enjoy spelling and reading aloud again and again. Fun and whimsical illustrations by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis provide the perfect balance of humor and suspense as readers find out whether The Slugger will hit a grand slam or finally strike out.

The book includes three spelling lists that can be used for spelling bees at home, in school, at the library, or for community events. An author’s note describes why and how words were chosen.

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Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.0 / 7.0
The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.25 / 7.0

To the meter of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, this zingy book about a spelling bee is an enjoyable read aloud with a great lesson… sometimes the main character of your story DOESN’T WIN, because they haven’t worked hardest, don’t deserve it, or just have bad luck… and that’s ok. You can learn a little something from your loss, move on, and maybe even give it another shot in the future! The illustrations for this book were a little so-so for me, but the story is so excellent that it makes up for it.

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Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
6.25 / 7.0

I love this book. The rhyme and vocabulary use are fantastic, and the lessons in this book are wonderful without being overly obvious or literal. I think it’s great that the main character SPOILER didn’t win the spelling bee, and that was ok. This book shows that winning isn’t everything, and that reading is one of the best things we can do. Plus, there’s a list of spelling words used throughout the book in the very back so that you can try spelling them yourself!

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Who Wrote The Spelling Bee Before Recess

Deborah Lee Rose

<b>Deborah Lee Rose</b> is an internationally published author whose award-winning books are among the New York Public Library’s 100 Books to Read and Share. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Who Illustrated The Spelling Bee Before Recess

Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis

<b>Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis</b> is the author and illustrator of <i>Ten Creepy Monsters</i> and the illustrator of the bestselling Twelve Days of Kindergarten series and <i>The Spelling Bee Before Recess</i>. She lives in Cape Neddick, Maine.

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