Gettin' Through Thursday
By Melrose Cooper
Illustrated by Nneka Bennett
André dreads Thursdays. Thursday is the day before Mama gets paid at work each week — it's the day when money is tight and spirits are low for André and his older brother and sister.
As report card day approaches, André anticipates making the honor roll, and Mama said she'd throw a royal party for just such an event. But André can't believe his eyes when he looks at the calendar and sees that report card day falls on the worst possible day of the week — a Thursday.
André's predicament — and the loving solution that his family offers — will strike a chord with readers of all backgrounds. Melrose Cooper and Nneka Bennett present a warm and touching portrait of a child who experiences a celebration he'll never forget.
About the Creators
is the author of several books for children and young adults, including I Got Family and Life Riddles. She lives in upstate New York with her family.
was praised for her illustrations for Juma and the Honey Guide as "powerfully modeled and distinctive" by Kirkus Reviews. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Boston with her husband.
About This Title
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 4
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, Mothers, Families, Education, Conflict resolution, African/African American Interest, Poverty
Part of These Collections
African American English Collection Grades 3-6, English Fiction Grades 3-6, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, English Guided Reading Level Q, Realistic Fiction Grades 3-5, Kindness and Compassion Collection, Pedro Noguera Reluctant Readers Collection , Recognizing & Managing Emotions Collection, Social and Emotional Learning Collection