by Andrea Davis Pinkney
AR Reading Level 3.9; 0.5 points
Available at Amazon.com
Summary: Saraleen and Royce just want their daddy to come home for Christmas, but he can’t because he is working to build the NYC subway, and the foreman won’t let the crew leave. Mim (mom) sends in some of her famous jam, and the crew and foreman like it so much that they give the workers the day off after all.
Activities: I might help students use prior knowledge and experience by having them discuss favorite family recipes. Then, we’d read the book. This is a good Read-Aloud or independent reader for grades 2-4. This is a good book for predicting. At the back of the book is an author’s note on building the subway. That would be especially interesting for New Yorkers.