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SECOND GRADE: Good Books Program Study Guide
Price: $19.95

Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades. “What I have to say about the selections in these guides draws from my childhood memories and adult reflections as well as my conversations with Quinn and Senior. None of the age and literature categories used in the Academy Good Books grade list are absolute. Think of the Good Books (grade levels) as notes of music with the freedom to work up and down the scale as you see fit.” This 2nd grade guide comes with a full color front cover, answer key for each guide, true/false questions, essay questions to encourage young writers, and synopsis of each book.
SECOND GRADE: Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James
Price: $14.95

Smoky knows only one way of life: freedom. Living on the open range, he is free to go where he wants adn do what he wants. And being a smart colt, he learns what he must in order to survive. He can beat any enemy whether it be a rattlesnake or a hungry wolf. He is as much a part of the Wild West as it is of him, and Smoky can't imagine anything else. But then he comes across a new enemy, one that walks on two legs and makes funny sounds. Smoky can't beat this enemy like he has all the others. But does he really want to beat it? Or could giving up some of his freedom mean getting something else in return that's even more valuable? Will James wrote many highly acclaimed books about horses.
SECOND GRADE: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870's. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and butter. All night long, the wind howls lonesomely, but Pa plays the fiddle and sings, keeping the family safe and cozy. - Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. Pa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house, and the family sets out for Indian country! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, and there, finally, Pa builds their little house on the prairie. Sometimes farm life is difficult, even dangerous, but Laura and her family are kept busy and are happy with the promis of their new life on the prairie. Little House on the Prairie is the second book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Almanzo and his brother and sisters work at their chores from dawn to supper most days-no matter what the weather. There is still time for fun, though, especially with the horses, which Almanzo loves more than anything. Farmer Boy is the third book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. Laura's family's first home in Minnesota is made of sod, but Pa builds a clean new house made of sawed lumber beside Plum Creek. The money for materials will come from their first wheat crop. Then, just before the wheat is ready to harvest, a strange glittering cloud fills the sky, blocking out the sun. Soon millions of grasshoppers cover the field and everything on the farm. In a week's time, there is no wheat crop left at all. On the Banks of Plum Creek is the fourth book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. Pa Ingalls heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and baby Grace join him, they become the first settlers in the town of De Smet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake. By the Shores of Silver Lake is the fifth book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. The first terrible storm comes to the barren prairie in October. Then it snows almost without stopping until April. Snow has reached the rooftops, and no trains can get through with food or coal. The people of De Smet are starving, including Laura's family, who wonder how they're going to make it through this terrible winter. It is young Almanzo Wilder who finally understands what needs to be done. He must save the town. even if it means risking his own life. The Long Winter is the sixth book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. The long winter is over. With spring come socials, parties, and "Literaries." There is also work to be done. laura spends many hours each day sewing shirts to help send Mary to college for the blind. But in the evenings, Laura makes time for a new caller, Almanzo Wilder. Little Town on the Prairie is the seventh book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Laura is teaching school, and it's terrifying! Most of the students are taller than she is, and she must sleep away from home for the first time. Laura is miserable, but the money is needed to keep Mary in a college for the blind. And every Friday-no matter what the weather-Almanzo Wilder arrives to take Laura home to her family for the weekend. Laura and Almanzo are courting, and even though she's not yet sixteen, she knows that this is a time for new beginnings. These Happy Golden Years is the eighth book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Price: $12.99

What is harder to bear than paradise lost, and what is sweeter to experience than paradise regained? Heidi, truly innocent, is sent away abruptly from the complete freedom of the mountain life and from all that she holds dear and is thrust unprepared into a city world of ritual, "proper behavior," and dark rooms where she can never see the sun. The compassionate reader feels both pity for Heidi's predicament and envy when she regains what she has lost. It is a deeply moving and greatly satisfying experience for the reader. In a beautiful hardcover version.
SECOND GRADE: Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgeson Burnett
Price: $18.99

It is quite a shock for a seven-year-old to be whisked away from the New York streets to an English stately home and be told he is to inherit a title and a fortune. It is very daunting to have to face such a crotchety and selfish grandfather. But then, little Lord Fauntleroy is a very unusual boy...
SECOND GRADE: Arabian Nights edited by Andrew Lang
Price: $18.95

One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights, from the first English language edition (1706), which rendered the title as The Arabian Nights' Entertainment.
   
 
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