Patricia Reilly Giff and Blanche SimsThe Kids of Polk Street School: The students of Ms. Rooney’s second-grade class are in for all kinds of excitement—there are school trips, friendship struggles, troublemakers, new things to learn, and more! Discover their highs and lows in this classic and humorous series from master storyteller and Newbery Honor–winning author Patricia Reilly Giff. Series titles include: The Beast in Ms. Rooney’s Room; Fish Face; The Candy Corn Contest; December Secrets; In the Dinosaur’s Paw; The Valentine Star; Lazy Lions, Lucky Lambs; Snaggle Doodles; Purple Climbing Days; Say “Cheese”; Sunny-Side Up; Pickle Puss; The Beast and the Halloween Horror; Emily Arrow Promises to Do Better this Year; and Monster Rabbit Runs Amuck!
The Kids of the Polk Street School Series : Titles in Order
It’s August, and Emily has big plans at the library. She’s going to read lots of books and tack a paper fish next to her name for each one. Then Dawn Bosco says she can read more books than Emily. Not only that, both Emily and Dawn want to keep Pickle Puss, a stray cat thay found. They decide that whoever reads the most books can keep cat.
When Emily adds a fish for a book she read along time ago, she has one more fish than Dawn. She knows she’s cheating, but she wants to keep the cat. What a pickle she’s in.
Summertime. It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Richard "Beast" Best and Matthew Jackson can’t wait to dive into Emily Arrow’s cool blue pool. But when they get there, Mrs. Arrow tells them that Emily has gone off to summer school.
Summer school! How could they forget? That’s exactly where they should be right now. Sitting in class, Beast still thinks summertime is the best time, and he and Matthew can always go swimming in the afternoon. But then Matthew gives Beast some bad news. It’s up to Beast to think of a way to help Matthew fast–before the summer is ruined.
April is invention month. "We’re going to make our own inventions," says Ms. Rooney, "and work together in groups."
Though Emily Arrow knows it’s important for each group to think, listen, and share, she still wishes she were the leader of her invention group. Linda Lorca, the bossy leader, can’t get anyone to cooperate. "Snaggle doodles," Emily says. If the group doesn’t come up with an idea soon, they’ll be the worst group in the class.
Meanwhile, Emily is also busy thinking of a wedding present for Ms. Vincent, the student teacher. The wedding is only a few days away. Emily has a lot to do. Can she and her group learn to work together in time?
It’s time for everyone in Ms. Rooney’s room to make cards for the Valentine box. Emily Arrow couldn’t be happier when Dawn Bosco gives her some colored stars to decorate her cards. She plans to make a special one for Ms. Vincent, the new student teacher.
But things take a turn for the worse when Ms. Rooney asks Emily to be class monitor. Emily feels important sitting at the teacher’s desk, until Sherri Dent leaves her seat without Emily’s permission. Emily reports her. That’s when Sherri tells Emily, "You’ll be sorry."
Emily is really worried. What will Sherri do to get even?
It’s the first day back to school after winter vacation, and Richard Best is off to a bad start. Who ever heard of a January without any snow? And as usual, he has already forgotten something–the ruler Ms. Rooney had told him to bring for dinosaur day. Luckily Richard finds a ruler in his desk–with a dinosaur’s initials–and he’s sure the ruler is special. And then he finds out it has magic powers.
All his wishes begin to come true: Snow stars falling, he remembers to do his homework, and the bully Drake Evans gets sick. But now with Drake sick in bed, Richard begins to worry. His only hope is the magic ruler–but it’s gone.
It’s almost Thanksgiving, and Richard Best can’t stop thinking about Ms. Rooney’s Candy Corn contest. Whoever can guess the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar on Ms. Roney’s desk gets to keep them all. The only problem is Richard has to read a page in a library book for each guess.
Smelly Matthew, who sits in front of him, knows they’ll never win. "We’re the worst readers in the class, " he says. But Richard won’t give up. He can already taste those Candy Corns. And before he knows it, he has. Three fat juicy ones.
Emily Arrow may be a poor reader, but she’s terrific in math and is also the fastest runner in her class. In October school gets even better when a newcomer from Florida, Dawn Tiffanie Bosco, joins the class and sits next to her.
When Emily sees that Dawn’s a better reader and a faster runner, she tries to accept it with grace. Emily is still sure it will be fun to have a new friend to show her"fish face" to and share secrets with.
But then Emily discovers something awful–Dawn’s a thief! And to make matters worse, no one will believe Emily.
It’s September again.What does it mean for Richard "Beast" Best to be left back? It means being teased by his old friends while he’s stuck facing the same old teacher in the same old classroom. He even has to take a special reading class with "babies" like Emily Arrow and Matthew Jackson. And just like last year, he can’t help getting into trouble.But with the help of Mrs. Paris, the reading teacher, Beast starts to enjoy reading and just might find a way to help the second grade win the school banner for best class.