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books for 2nd grader

I just agreed to start tutoring my friend's 2nd grade sister in reading. I've only taught secondary English but I know I can handle this - I just need a little guidance with materials. She is going to be repeating the year due to her poor reading skills. He says that she loves fantastical stories...especially "princess" stuff.

Can anyone recommend good books for the 2nd grade level that might catch her interest? Anything romantic/fantasy would be good. Also, I feel it's my duty as a role model to introduce her to stories with stronger heroines that aren't always the typical "damsel in distress" which I think sends a horrible message to little girls if that's all they are exposed to (and my friend agrees). I know if it has the fantasy elements she likes she would still like stronger heroines since she refused to leave the room when her brother saw the japanese anime "Revolutionary Girl Utena" which turns the typical fairy tale upside down.

Please post your suggestions ASAP so I can start collecting books!!!

Thanks!

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meggle
Jul. 14th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
a collection of fairy tales that turns the "damsel in distress" motif on its head is "Don't Bet on the Prince" by Jack Zipes. I havnt gotten arount to reading it myself so im not sure of the reading level. But it was recommended by one of my professors when i was taking a Children's Lit. class.
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