Children's Literature - Magi EvansChildren who can talk about their fears will most likely have an easier time getting over them. So a book that acknowledges fears and allows them to talk with adults about scary situations should help. Eason introduces typical scenarios such as the first day of school, a visit to the dentist, and being afraid of the dark, and offers choices that the child can discuss with a parent or teacher. In the context of bravery, the book also deals with such topics as friendship, jealousy, and teasing. Eason’s illustrations, using characters of diverse ethnic backgrounds, will appeal to children. Since the book is clearly designed to be used by an adult with a child, it seems unnecessary to include a “How To Use This Book” section, but some parents might find it helpful. And while this is a nonfiction picture book, the inclusion of an index and glossary is really unnecessary. Still, the book covers this topic in an appealing way, and even the title is an opportunity to discuss why the expression “chin up” means to be brave. This volume in the “You Choose” series is a suitable addition to library shelves. Reviewer: Magi Evans; Ages 3 to 7.
School Library Journal11/01/2013
Gr 1–2—These life-lesson books contain rudimentary cartoon artwork and invite children to ponder what they would do in ethically complex situations. For example, readers are asked what Harry should do if he doesn't have any money but wants to give his mom a birthday present. Is it okay for him to pick flowers from his neighbor's yard? Each title features a cookie-cutter character that serves as a stand-in for the children reading the book. Each scenario offers three choices and ends with a flat-footed explanation of which one was best and why. The end of every title includes a "How to use this book" spread, which adds little insight. Most situations, such as being the new kid at school and fear of the dentist, are believable, if bland. Children may find the ethical questions compelling. The fact that each situation only has one right answer is disappointing, as children are likely to skip ahead to read it rather than puzzle out solutions in a more critical way.
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