The Best Way to Play (Little Bill Series)

The Best Way to Play (Little Bill Series)

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by Bill Cosby, Varnette P. Honeywood

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From a new series addressing issues such as appreciating family, valuing creativity, and dealing with disappointment, Little Bill and his friends are challenged to have fun without an expensive video game.

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From a new series addressing issues such as appreciating family, valuing creativity, and dealing with disappointment, Little Bill and his friends are challenged to have fun without an expensive video game.

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This brightly illustrated story for beginning readers is the latest in the "Little Bill"series written by Bill Cosby and including a message for parents by Dr. Alvin F. Poussanint. Little Bill , Andrew, Kivu and Fuchsia like to watch cartoons on Saturday morning. Their favorite show is Space Explorers. They yearn for the new Space Explorers video game and finally Andrew's parents are talked into buying it for him. Little Bill and his friends take turns playing the game but soon become bored. They realize they have had more fun playing their own version of Space Explorers outside, in an empty lot. The Best Way to Play encourages children to rely less on TV and video games for their amusement and more on their creativity and imagination. The message is presented in an appealing manner for kids.
Children's Literature
Little Bill and his friends are happily playing the game of "Space Explorers" in a nearby lot. It is plenty of fun until an ad on TV convinces them that they need a new video game that costs $50. The children badger their parents, but Little Bill's parents point out that this is not a very good idea. But one of the children gets the game and so all can play. Turns out it is boring, you can eventually beat it, and that playing outside with your friends and imagination is much better. An open letter to parents makes clear that "want" and "need" need to be discussed in families and that the rewards of creative play outweigh expensive toys. Honeywood's bright and bold colors invite readers into this easy-to-read story. This is part of the "Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers" series. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 6 to 10.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3--Cosby turns his hand to writing, telling stories about situations that children often face. In The Best Way to Play, Little Bill, the narrator, and his friends get caught up in the excitement and marketing of their favorite TV cartoon, Space Explorers, and desperately want their parents to buy them the expensive video game. They become bored with it quickly, however, and realize that it's more fun to play Space Explorers outside. In The Meanest Thing to Say, Little Bill comes face to face with a bully. The Treasure Hunt takes him on a voyage of self-exploration. It seems to him that everyone in his family has a special quality. After a full day of searching, he discovers that his is "telling stories and making people laugh." These titles feature short chapters, making them appropriate for beginning readers--but they're also short enough to be read aloud. Honeywood's illustrations are bright and eye-catching, and show Little Bill and his friends and family as having distinctive personalities and characteristics. Each book comes with a letter to parents from a child psychiatrist about the subject matter in that book. While the writing is nothing extraordinary, Cosby has a good grasp of the issues and how the world looks through children's eyes. The primarily African-American characters also make these books welcome additions to easy-reader collections.--Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY

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Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Oprah's Book Club Series
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.40(d)
360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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Best Way to Play 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I read this book and noticed that it applied to my own son. He would rather be outdoors exploring plants, insects and animals than indoors watching television all day. This book builds a child's imagination as well as his/her want to go outside and explore their world. No couch potatoes here.