Academic journal article Language Arts

Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

Academic journal article Language Arts

Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

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Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book Written by Nikki Grimes Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Putnam, 2012, 104 pp., ISBN 978-0-399-25178-8

"You'd never know it to look at her skinny little self, but Dyamonde loves food. If there were a class in eating, she'd get an A plus every time. Dyamonde treats all food fairly. She likes Mexican tacos, Chinese egg rolls, and Cuban beans and rice. She eats beef hot dogs, turkey burgers, and fried chicken. . . . And she loves fruit-especially peaches, cherries, and grapes of any size or color" (pp. 1-2). Dyamonde Daniel is a likeable third-grader with a friend named Damaris. Lately, Dyamonde has noticed a change in Damaris's eating habits as well as her attitude toward food. Damaris has also lost weight. It seems that several of the girls in Dyamonde's class (including the Three T's: Tanya, Tylisha, and Tameeka) are paying a lot of attention to weight and outward appearances and sometimes make fun of their peers about this. When one of their classmates named Amberline faints during school, Dyamonde and Damaris discover that she has diabetes. They also learn that because of her condition, Amberline has to take insulin and be extra careful about what she eats and when. …

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