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Teacher Guide: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

[This title originally appeared in Ready Readers: Children's Literature, Vol. 1]

When relatives from Virginia descend upon the narrator’s family home, they invade his personal space. Yet, when they depart, he finds the house too empty and quiet, making him anticipate their next visit. 

Teacher Guide: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness

[This title originally appeared in Ready Readers: Children's Literature, Vol. 1]

Young, motherless Samantha is left alone daily with only her wild imagination and her pet cat, Bangs, to entertain her. Her neighbor friend, Thomas, relishes and believes her fantastic stories. Her fisherman father encourages her to forsake such “moonshine” for reality and truthfulness. Still, Sam persists in telling whoppers. When her falsehoods nearly cost Thomas and Bangs their lives, she learns a mighty lesson. 

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