by Jacqueline Davies
1. In the book Jessie skips second and third grades and goes straight to fourth grade. Skipping causes problems between her and her brother and makes the other kids in her neighborhood think she is strange. Do you think skipping a grade or two is a good thing or a bad thing and why? How would you feel being in class where everyone is one or two years older than you? If there was a much younger student in your class, what would you think about them?
2. Both Evan and Jessie earn more $100 selling lemonade. Evan wants to spend his money on an iPod; Jessie wants to donate hers to charity. What would you do if you had $100? Spend it, save it, give it away? What would you spend it on or to whom would you give it away?
3. When Jessie is upset, reading Charlotte’s Web makes her feel better. Evan playsbasketball with his friends to lift his spirits. Is there something you like to do that makesyou feel better when you need to take your mind off of your problems? How does it help you? Is it relaxing – like taking a nap or reading – or does it take energy, like playing sports or doing a craft?
5. Evan is so angry with his sister he can barely stand it! Has Jessie consciously done anything to harm her brother? Explain the root of Evan’s anger.
7. Even though Jessie and Evan are having a hard time with each other, they don’t want their mom to know. Can you explain why they are so careful not to show her they are quarreling? Have you ever felt like this?
10. Both children have to admit that they’ve done mean things to each other before they can move on. Have you ever done something out of anger that you wish you hadn’t? How did this play out?