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Language arts- First prize

First Prize
by Lynne Coulter
illustrated by Clive Taylor
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ISBN 10: 0-15-351424-8
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Joe was so excited that he ran all
the way to the school gate.
“Guess what?” he said to his mom.
“At school, we have to read this book
and then write a book review. The best
book review wins a special prize.”
That afternoon, Joe curled up in a
cozy chair and read The Biggest Cake—a
book about a famous chef called Mr.
Mack. Joe liked books about real people.
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Joe learned that Mr. Mack had baked
the biggest cake in the world to celebrate
his mother’s sixtieth birthday. Joe read
until he was finished with the book and
then went to tell his mom about it.
Joe told Mom the entire story about
Mr. Mack. He showed her pictures, too.
“Mr. Mack baked a banana cake big
enough to feed more than two hundred
people,” Joe concluded excitedly.
“What an enchanting birthday
surprise,” said Mom.
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“I wonder how Mr. Mack mixed the
bananas, flour, sugar, butter, and eggs,”
said Joe. “He would need a really big
mixer and a really huge bowl. I’ll bet he
needed a really big oven to cook such an
enormous cake,” Joe continued.
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Joe thought that The Biggest Cake
was the best book he had ever read.
“If only I could meet Mr. Mack,”
thought Joe. “I would ask him all
about the recipe for the huge cake.”
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Joe sat down to write his book review.
When he was finished, he was very pleased
with it. He typed it carefully on the
computer and turned it in the next day.
Finally, the day came when the winner
would be announced. Joe’s teacher stood
in front of the class. “There are so many
good reviews,” she said, “but the winner
is . . . Anita!”
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Joe’s face went red with disappointment
because he had thought surely he would
win. He had put so much effort into
writing his review, and he had wanted
to win.
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“The first prize is a huge cake made by
Mr. Mack,” said Joe’s teacher. “Mr. Mack
himself is here to award the prize!”
Instead of feeling sad about not
winning the prize, Joe was thrilled.
Now he could ask Mr. Mack all the
questions he wanted the answers to.
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Joe asked Mr. Mack about the recipe,
and they discussed Mr. Mack’s book. Joe
even got Mr. Mack’s autograph.
Anita cut the cake, and everyone said
it was the most delicious cake they had
ever tasted. Joe thought it was fantastic.
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“Are you sorry that you didn’t win the
prize?” Mr. Mack asked Joe.
“Eating cake with you, Mr. Mack, is the
best prize ever!” smiled Joe.
Think Critically
1. Why did Mr. Mack bake the biggest cake in
the world?
2. What is a word that means the same thing as
enchanting does on page 6?
3. Did you think Joe would win first prize? Why or
why not?
4. What were the two different settings in the story?
5. When did you first begin to think that Joe was
enjoying the book? Read aloud the part that made
you think that.
Language Ar ts
Write a Book Review Write a book review of First Prize.
Include the title, author, and what you liked or didn’t like about
the book.
School-Home Connection Share First Prize with a
family member. Then talk about your favorite book.
Word Count: 440
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