Review: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony

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Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony
by Ellen Potter

My Rating:
★★★★★

Note: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony will be released on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016.

Last year, I totally fell in love with Ellen Potter’s Piper Green series. A spunky heroine, a charming New England setting, and laugh-out-loud humor? I just knew that these books would become a favorite for my third grade kiddos.

After we read the first book in the series as a read-aloud, my students were begging to read book two. The boys and girls in my class couldn’t wait to read more about Piper’s adventures! I absolutely love when kids find books they can’t put down, and Piper Green has that type of draw.

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony, the third book in the series, has the same charm as the first two books. Piper’s spunky personality shines, as does her empathy and willingness for hard work. Her mistake-making helps students to learn valuable lessons within the fun and light-hearted story line. Potter includes many humorous lines that will have students laughing during read-alouds. I can’t wait for Book 4 in 2017!

Classroom Connections

  • When it comes to chapter endings, Ellen Potter is an expert at the cliffhanger. This is a great mentor text for students as they learn about cliffhanger endings, especially since the story is told as a personal narrative. The Piper Green books can be great mentor texts for students who are ready to add cliffhangers in their storytelling.
  • Having read Piper Green as a read aloud in my third grade class this year, I can say that the books include many opportunities for making connections, asking questions, and visualizing for reading comprehension. Reading this book aloud is a great way to practice those skills as a class.

Book Information
Title: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony
Author: Ellen Potter
Illustrator: Qin Leng
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Release Date: August 16th, 2016
Price: US $5.99
Source: NetGalley – Advanced Review Copy

Find this book on:
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Random House

Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Review Copy of this text from Random House Children’s in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!

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