Title: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
Author: Judy Blume
Illustrator: Irene Trivas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 1981
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: Pre-K-2

Overview: Freddy Dissel is the middle child. He has to wear his brother’s clothes, and he got kicked out of his room when his little sister was born. He is too young to play with his brother and too old to play with his sister. Freddy hates being the middle child! Everything comes together for Freddy though, when he lands the roll of the Green Kangaroo in the school play. Finally, the spotlight is on him!

Activity: The teacher can come up with a short play and have the students make their own costumes and put on the play for another class.

Reviewer’s Name: Cailin Eisele