Jo Jo, Mama, and Kokum (grandma) have been invited to Auntie Anne's wedding. When Mama says that it is going to be a fancy event, Jo Jo worries. Jo Jo wants to be fancy for her favorite aunt's wedding, but how do you do that? She writes down a series of questions in her notebook and then looks for the answers.
I was excited about the book and hopeful for the story, but it didn't grab me. Then again, it isn't written for me. Junie B. Jones fans will enjoy this story. The concept is good, as is the life lesson at the end. I also appreciated the introduction to Ojibwe Nations and their culture.
At Jo Jo's age, kids are still thinking mostly about themselves, but Jo Jo is a bit too self-centered to the point of teetering on being a caricature. Her unending "misrepresentation" of social cues, whether in the classroom or with her family - got tedious.
Young readers will connect with Jo Jo and her dilemma to understand what "being fancy" is all about. They'll giggle at what Jo Jo discovers, and learn a lot along the way.
This illustrated chapter series features a young girl and her life living on a fictional Ojibwe Native American reservation.
In her Note in the back, the author tells the reader about the Ojibwe Nations and where their reservations are. Her information creates a great opportunity to explore a map, not just for general information, but to find the Turtle Mountain reservation, which the author specifically references.
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Borrow. This is a story you'll read one time and then move on.