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Excerpt: 'Mr. George Baker'

"'Shh, listen!' George gets up, real slow. I take his hand and he takes mine and we shuffle down the walk to the big school bus. 'Morning,' says the driver. 'We've been waiting,' answers George... Candlewick Press hide caption

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"'Shh, listen!' George gets up, real slow. I take his hand and he takes mine and we shuffle down the walk to the big school bus. 'Morning,' says the driver. 'We've been waiting,' answers George...

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"See this man? This one in Room 7? That's Mr. George Baker, and he's a hundred years old, no kidding. He's learning to read with the grownups in Room 7, and my room is right down the hall. I'm learning too, and it's hard. Candlewick Press hide caption

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"See this man? This one in Room 7? That's Mr. George Baker, and he's a hundred years old, no kidding. He's learning to read with the grownups in Room 7, and my room is right down the hall. I'm learning too, and it's hard.

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In this tender picture-book tale recommended by Washington Post columnist John Kelly, first-grader Harry and Mr. George Baker, a 100-year-old jazz drummer, wait for the school bus together. These unlikely friends have something in common: They're both learning to read.

Excerpt: First Pages

See this man? This one here, sitting on the porch?

That's Mr. George Baker, and he's a hundred years old, no kidding.

"Hurry up, Harry! Mr. Harry-in-Charge." That's George, all snappy and happy in the morning. He always calls "Hurry up, Harry" when I'm crossing lawns — his and mine — and he's always there first, waiting on the porch.

See his pants, all baggy, baggy, baggy? What holds them up — suspenders! Brown baggy pants with two side pockets, and two in back. There's candy in those pockets. Little chocolate candies in twisty silver wrappers. George pops one in his mouth and I do too.

We wait on the porch and chew.

Copyright (c) 2004 by Amy Hest. Illustrated by Jon J. Muth. Excerpted with permission from the Candlewick Press.

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