What does Jennie give Fudge at his birthday party in Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing?

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In Chapter 5 of Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Peter informs the reader that Jennie brought Fudge a "musical jack-in-the-box" that plays "Pop Goes the Weasel" when the handle is cranked; towards the end of the song, a "funny clown" pops out of the box. Fudge absolutely loves the gift and claps his hands while laughing when he plays with it. The two other children who came to Fudge's birthday party were Ralph and Sam. Ralph gave Fudge a toy windup car, and Sam gave him a "big picture dictionary" (31).

Aside from the gifts, Fudge's third birthday party was actually a disaster because the children were simply too young to attend a party. Sam was in a phase in which he was afraid of everything and screamed constantly; Jennie was in a biting phase; and Ralph was in an overeating phase and threw up his second helping of birthday cake. Also, for some reason, Fudge became angry when he saw the picture dictionary Sam gave him and threw it across the room, hurting Sam's feelings. The worst moment of the party occurred when Jennie had an accident. By the end of the afternoon, Peter informs his readers that Mrs. Hatcher (his mother) is very ready to agree with Peter's view that three years old is too young for a birthday party.

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

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