He loves superheroes and has a supportive and loving family at home that helps him, his selective mutism comes out while he is at school, but with his family and help from a girl at school, he learns to start conquering his fears. Finding books for young readers to not only connect with but want to read can be rather difficult. I've been fighting for more Pham appreciation for years. I like that Alvin's father's car only turns to the right now, that Alvin's baseball has a Daisuke Matsuzaka autograph, that the glossary credits Tenzing Norgay as the first to climb to the top of Mount Everest, and that by the end of the book there are still issues and problems to be resolved. Also, it gets the added bonus that the protagonist is Asian American, so plus one for representation in youth literature.
She's kind, helpful, talkative, and throws a wicked punch. You want Alvin to overcome his fears, and you want him to do it in a healthy way, which this book absolutely advocates for. Not to mention the crowds that make it easy for a small boy to get lost. I know kids like that. But when it comes time to say anything in school, Alvin loses his voice.
Alvin Ho is so scared of school he can't talk once he gets there. Through this entire story, however, the idea that death is not age restrictive is only hinted at minimally. If trading cards were acceptable amongst grown adults I'm sure we'd be swapping Louis Sachars and Linda Sue Parks for a rare Beatrix Potter or A. The reader follows Alvin and his hardships when attending school and how he handles himself with trying to overcome his anxiety. He was so afraid of teachers and school and girls that he had never been able to utter one word in school.
I had journeyed nearly 30 years down through space by then, unaware of my silken strand. The book follows Alvin as he tries to make new friends, while not realizing that he had a great friend all along. This book is very diver Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things is a fun and light-hearted book for children in elementary school. It's the first book in the series by and. It is a very funny book, but also a moving depiction of a boy navigating his way through the learning experiences of childhood, a time when school, family, and friends are such a large part of life.
In fact, he seems quite intelligent and has sweet, realistic relationships with the people in his family. What will he do exposed in the wilderness with bears and darkness and. Is it at a second-grade reading level? This makes things really difficult when there's a substitute teacher — and like I said, Alvin Ho is afraid of substitute teachers, too. Maybe that's not as odd as it sounds, though. He does not go into depth regarding his culture, but he does bring up Chinese names that he calls his family members, Chinese New Year, and food from his culture. But in the end I was left with the feeling that this was really a book about nothing at all.
In this case, Alvin plays on his knowledge of previous words, adds in Calvin's interpretations, and throws in pieces from history and experiences of his friends and family. He's only missed when his mother notices his empty plate at dinner. Ultimately, Alvin rises above his fear with the help of his family and friends, and learns a bit of history along the way. In kindness, he offers to attend Charlie's funeral. Check out the drawing on page 91 of the entire family watching Dad's meltdown Mom's look of bemusement while everyone else is wide-eyed especially cracks me up. My parents had bought an old piano and signed me up for lessons and, thus, I began dreaming of becoming a world-famous concert pianist. I absolutely loved this book, therefore I was able to personally connect myself with Alvin because I had a lot of anxiety within my education k-8 experience.
Like most young kids, Alvin can't quite sort through advice properly and he makes some innocent but costly mistakes trying to enact them. I listened to the audio book which was excellently narrated and gave Alvin the perfect voice. A strength for this book is that it talks about the anxieties and fears that many young children face when they are young and just beginning school. By first-grade, I was my own publisher, making multiple copies of my books by hand. Title: Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances Publication Date: 2011 Plot Summary: Alvin Ho is a young boy who is confronted with the death of his grandfather's friend, Charlie. With a little help from his family and the rules of gentlemanly conduct, Alvin faces his fears, makes new friends, and finds his voice.
His story serves as catalyst for self-discovery, and both dictates his course and steers away from it simultaneously when he is unable to cope with the multitude of stresses in his life. I bet a lot of teachers read it to their classes, because they can share ideas prompted about bullies, siblings, anxiety, being a gentleman, etc. Alvin's Dad: Discipline figure and story teller. Publishing was no problem in those days, not like it is now. Expand Product Details Alvin Ho is afraid of nearly everything: the dark, substitute teachers, and girls, to name just a few. As he does so, he also contends with his extremely shy nature in class, which gets him into more trouble with aspects of death before the funeral arrive.
Maybe in high school a kid will quote Shakespeare's curses to his English teacher then blame it on Alvin Ho. Working as a reporter taught me how to talk to people, how to find the story behind the story, and how to tell a story in a way that keeps a reader reading. The book follows the main character, Alvin Ho, who is a Chinese-American second grader who is afraid of many and most things. I threatened to read it to myself tonight and not let them know the ending they weren't getting ready for bed and they both said they didn't care! It was funny and super relatable. You have to stay in your house to give tours. Alvin Ho is a perfect example for age appropriate multicultural literature for second graders. Would you join the gang? Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things is a fun and light-hearted book for children in elementary school.
To see her complementing Look's particular brand of smart humor in, best of all, an early chapter book is like Christmas coming early. The boy who is afraid of anything and never says a word in school. A This novel is about Alvin Ho who is an Asian-American by who is quite the chatter box at home, but at school he doesn't speak a single word. And he's about to start second-grade, which means he's very nervous. He must bravely face down the terrors of piano lessons, show-and-tell, and girl desk buddies! The two demonstrate a sort of stereotypical big to little brother relationship.