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Pingo and the Playground Bully

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

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    Important Lessons about Friendship and Sportsmanship

    Pingo is a leprechaun who is made up by a kid named Chad. His classmates have other imaginary friends. They all go on adventures together. One of the kids, named Jeremy, has an imaginary friend named Grunt and they are bullies at first so the other kids have to hide from them. One day, the kids are trying to prove who the best imaginary friend is. To see who is best, they plan a competition. Pingo comes in second at every competition. Each of the other imaginary friends wins once. Then Grunt is upset that he wasn’t in the competition. So Pingo offers to have a competition the next week with Grunt. Pingo asks Jeremy and Grunt to join in a pretend adventure down the Amazon River. Jeremy and Grunt agree to play with the other kids and imaginary friends. They go get the supplies and join the others on an adventure! Everyone cheers for Pingo and say that he is the best. Pingo tells them that everyone is good at different things. He knows that it’s good to have fun on games instead of just trying to win. They were all best friends forever and went on lots of adventures together.
    I give this book a four star rating. I loved the content and the message, but some of the pictures scared me. I do think that every kid should read this book because it teaches important lessons about friendship and sportsmanship. My favorite part was when Pingo tells all of the classmates that everyone is good at something different. It’s important for kids to know that so that they focus on the fun of the games they play since fun is all that matters when playing games. This book teaches that kids should be good friends to each other and not compare themselves to others.
    Review by Hayden S., age 5, Southeast Michigan Mensa

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

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    This title  is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award

    This title  is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    There are a lot of books being published about bullying and the

    There are a lot of books being published about bullying and the effects of it. What I loved about this one is the imagination involved and the extra twist involving thinking one is better than someone else and how that can lead to a different kind of bullying, even among friends. Chad and his imaginary friend, Pingo, spend recess playing with their friends, Gary, Tiffany, and Dustin along with their imaginary friends. They avoid Jeremy though and his imaginary friend, Grunt, because he bullies them. One day though they get into a contest about which imaginary friend is better. I loved that Pingo points out that this is silly because each of them has things that they do especially well. I especially liked the fact that when Jeremy and Grunt step up to bully the kids and their friends, instead of fighting back or getting defensive, Pingo steps up and invites Jeremy and Grunt to play with them. In addition to liking the story line, I loved Brandon Dorman's illustrations, they are so bright and colorful and imaginative, they create a lot of things to talk about when sharing the book.

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    Posted October 14, 2012

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