Like Jake and Me: Mavis Jukes

Like Jake and Me

Author: Mavis Jukes
Illustrator: Lloyd Bloom
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Year: 1984
Brief Summary: A boy named Alex has a hard time bonding with his stepfather until a spider comes along.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award, 1985′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Children”s Literature’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
John Newbery Medal, 1985′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Not sure if I’d keep this book in my collection since in one of the pages the boy’s stepfather gets completely naked in order to find the spider…might meet with challenges from parents or school administrators.  That said, this might be a good book for child struggling with stepparent relationship or blended family relationships.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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