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Pedro, First-Grade Hero
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Pedro, First-Grade Hero

by Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Spend some time with Pedro, Katie Woo's fun-loving friend. From a buggy disaster to a run for class president, Pedro has what it takes to be the hero of first-grade. No matter what he's doing, Pedro is always good for some laughs and adventure.

Age Level5-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades K-2
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 1/2 x 7 1/4
Page Count96
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Kirkus Reviews

"Using a third-person, past-tense narrative voice, Manushkin expands her repertoire by adding a hero comparable to EllRay Jakes. What is refreshing about the book is that for the most part...the book overcomes boy-girl stereotypes: girls and boys play soccer, boys and girls run for president, girls and boys hunt for bugs, all setting a progressive standard for chapter books. . . .Lyon's attention to detail in color and facial expressions complement the story nicely. This earnest Latino first-grader who overcomes obstacles and solves mysteries is a winning character." - Kirkus Reviews

June 15, 2016

School Library Journal - Andrea Pavlik, Huntington Public Library, NY

"This delightful collection of stories follows Pedro, a first grader, as he collects bugs, plays soccer, hunts for missing items, and even runs for president. Children will have fun accompanying him on all his adventures with his classmates. The text is just right for those ready for a longer chapter book but not quite prepared to give up the visual delights of beginning readers and picture books. . . .Fans of Katie Woo are sure to love this collection of short stories about her friend and classmate Pedro." - School Library Journal

June 1, 2016


Booklist - Amy Seto Forrester

"First introduced in the popular Katie Woo series, Hispanic American Pedro now has his own spin-off series. . . .The repetition is strong throughout each chapter, and the lack of contractions is helpful. A kindhearted, multicultural early chapter book." - Booklist

July 9, 2016

Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"This is a fun, easy and light-hearted chapter books with colorful illustrations." - Imagination Soup

January 5, 2017



The Chicago Public Library

Best of the Best Books 2016

December 1, 2016

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.

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