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From the Set Classic Stories
Hazel helps take care of her brother Raymond in their Harlem neighborhood, where she's determined to beat her rival Gretchen in an upcoming footrace. But her competitiveness melts away after she sees Raymond running alongside the race track. Hazel gains not just a new appreciation for her brother but also respect toward her longtime rival.
A noteworthy review of Classic Stories from School Library Connection on September 1, 2015
These short stories from famous authors deal with positive role models and relationships. Two of the books, Raymond’s Run and Thank You, M’am, take place in the city, are realistic stories, and involve black main characters. The other two books involve fantasy. The Monster That Grew Small is a retelling of an Egyptian folktale and the boy follows a mythical adventure. The full-page illustrations help add interest to the text. A biography of the author: Toni Cade Bambara, Langston Hughes, Joan Grant, and Robert Graves, is found in each book.
A noteworthy review of Classic Stories from Children's Bookwatch on March 1, 2015
The Classic Stories series is comprised of four outstanding works of short fiction including Toni Cade Bambara’s ‘Raymonds Run’; Langston Hughes’ ‘Thank You, M’am’; Joan Grant’s ‘The Monster That Grew Small’; and Robert Graves’ ‘Two Wise Children’. Each individual 24 page book has reinforced library binding, features full-color illustrations, and has an informative and succinct introduction to the author. All four titles have a 4th grade reading level, a 3rd to 6th grade interest level, and are suitable for Common Core K-5 curriculums. Although each title is available individually ($31.36 List/$21.95 Library), school and community libraries are strongly recommended to acquire the complete four volume set. It should also be noted that the Classic Stories series is exceptionally appropriate for home schooling literary and reading resource curriculums as well.