The two things that Wilson Williams likes best about 3rd grade are drawing and taking care of the class pet, Squiggles the hamster. What he likes the least are timed multiplication tests. Why think about all those numbers when he could be drawing pictures of Squiggles? With gentle humor, Claudia Mills works through a common childhood problem to a surprising resolution.
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"This engaging story will entertain children while bringing back adults' school memories: Do you recall that nervous feeling of racing through the timed multiplication test, or the dawning realization that different people are good at different subjects? Narrator Robert Ramirez supplies a boyish enthusiasm to his Wilson (who's good at art but struggles with math), and his reading makes the third-grader's despairs and triumphs quite poignant to listeners. Even Wilson's struggle to get along with his younger sibling (who's surprisingly good at multiplication) is treated with a gentle humor and refreshing accuracy that makes this story pleasing family entertainment with broad age appeal. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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