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Daisy Dawson Is on Her Way!

Daisy Dawson Is on Her Way! Author Steve Voake
Publisher Candlewick Press
ISBN 9780763637408
Publication Year 2008
Honors None
Reading Level 4.3
Main Character Age 7
Main Character is Human
Summary (Publisher"s Summary)
Every morning, Daisy the daydreamer swings down the lane to Nettlegreen Elementary School, saying hello to the animals she meets along the way. Then one morning a brush with a butterfly gives Daisy an extraordinary gift. Imagine her surprise when those animals start talking back! Now Daisy can understand everything animals say, from the farm dog, Boom, to the classroom gerbils, to a singing-and-dancing ant. And it's a lucky thing, too: when Boom goes missing, Daisy conspires with a horse and squirrel to come to the rescue.

Subject Matter Summaries

Summary Details For Positive Elements:

When Boom, the farm dog, goes missing, Daisy conspires with a horse and squirrel to come to the rescue.

Summary Details For Mature Subject Matter:

There is no mature subject matter in the book.

Summary Details For Profanity/Language:

DEGRADING COMMENTS Shorty p.36 Shuddup or Shut up p.36, 42 Duh! p.82

Summary Details For Sexual Content:

There is no sexual content in the book.

Summary Details For Violence/Illegal Activity:

MISDEMEANOR p.67, 69 "'I get in through the cat flap and unlatch the door, you come upstairs and open the bedroom door for me, and I sneak in and swipe the keys. We'll be in and out before she's even got time to grab her baseball bat'...The house was in darkness as they approached, and Cyril slipped quietly through the cat flap. A few seconds later, he reappeared with a key in his mouth and Daisy quickly opened the front door. Standing in the darkness at the bottom of the stairs, she felt her fingers tingle with a mixture of excitement and fear." FRIGHTENING SCENES p.64 In the middle of the night, "Daisy clicked the front door shut behind her." p.71-74 "Unfortunately for him, the tabletop had been waxed and polished that very morning, and now it was as slippery as an ice rink. Daisy saw the look of horror on his face as he pirouetted unsteadily across the surface before colliding with the table lamp and knocking the glass to the floor with a crash. For a few short moments, time seemed to stand still. Then a large, red-faced woman rose up from the covers and began to scream so loudly that Daisy jumped backward and bumped her head against the doorframe...'Run, Daisy!...She's after us!'...They looked around to see the kennel owner standing at the back door, brandishing the baseball bat...As Daisy reached the fence, a booming voice stopped her in her tracks. 'And where do you think you're going?' The red-faced woman was marching straight toward her. 'You stay right where you are, young lady!' Stretching up on tiptoe, Daisy tried desperately to reach the top of the fence, but it was too high. Her fingers scrabbled uselessly against the wood as two strong hands grabbed her arms. 'Ha-ha!' cried the woman triumphantly. 'Now I've got you.' Shaking with fear, Daisy leaned her forehead against the fence."

Summary Details For Tobacco/Alcohol/Drugs:

There are no alcohol, tobacco, or drug elements in the book.

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Summary Details For Disrespectful/Anti-Social Elements:

DISRESPECT p.44 "See ya, Blakey Boy!" Mr. Blake is the school principal.