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THE PAIN AND THE GREAT ONE : Info, sketches and classroom resources

Written by Judy Blume
Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Children's
Hardcover: ISBN-10: 1481411462 | ISBN-13: 978-1481411462
Paperback: ISBN-10: 1481411454 | ISBN-13: 978-1481411455
Age Range: 6 - 10 years | Grade Level: 1 - 5
Hardcover: 64 pages

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Plot summary, from the Simon & Schuster site:

Judy Blume’s quintessential tale of sibling rivalry is as funny as ever—and has a fresh new look!

When an eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother take turns describing each other, it’s no surprise that “The Pain” and “The Great One” are the nicknames that emerge. As this duo debates whom Mom and Dad love most, their competition becomes increasingly humorous—because when it comes to family affection, there’s no such thing as win or lose.




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Freckle Juice, The Pain and the Great One, and The One In The Middle Is The Green Kangaroo In The Classroom: guide written by Julia Johnson and illustrated by Bruce Hedges for Teacher Created Resources, Inc.

Judy Blume on The Pain And The Great One

Wikipidia entry for The Pain And The Great One