“Arthur’s Mystery Envelope” by Marc Brown
Grade level : 3
One of my students and I finished this book today and loved it! She remained engaged throughout the entire book, made inferences and answered comprehension questions correctly.
Arthur receives a sealed envelope from his principal and is asked to deliver it to his mom. With a little help from his friends, Arthur imagines the worst regarding its contents. He’s so worried he can’t eat or sleep. All he can think about is the envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL. Will he give the envelope to his mother and await impending doom or will he find a way to safely dispose of it?
This book is written in chapter book format for kids who are ready to read on their own. Its mysterious motif also makes for a great read-aloud, over the course of several days, to build suspense and allow students to draw conclusions.
We gave it 4 stars!