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Forgiving a Friend


Seth's best friend, Jacob, broke Seth's truck. Seth knows it was an accident, but still, it was his favorite toy! He tells Jacob to go home and not come back. But when Seth goes to visit his neighbor, Grandma Grace, he accidentally breaks a lamp.

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Seth's best friend, Jacob, broke Seth's truck. Seth knows it was an accident, but still, it was his favorite toy! He tells Jacob to go home and not come back. But when Seth goes to visit his neighbor, Grandma Grace, he accidentally breaks a lamp.

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Children's Literature
Seth and Jacob race their bicycles until Jacob crashes into Seth's yellow dump truck. Seth is not concerned that Jacob may be hurt, but is angry that his brand-new truck is broken. Although Jacob apologizes, Seth shouts, "You get out and don't ever come back." When Seth talks to his mother, who is shown in front of a computer, she asks, "Is that how you'd want Jacob to treat you?" Later when Seth accidentally breaks Grandma's stained glass lamp, Grandma surprises him with her forgiveness and concern for his well-being. The watercolor and pen drawings show that Seth is white with yellow curly hair. Jacob has brown skin and black hair. Pictures in cartoon balloons show what Seth is thinking. Seth's only apology is the act of knocking on Jacob's door. But all is forgiven. This title is part of "The Way I Act" series. Children may find this story a little heavy-handed. 2005, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 3 to 6.
—Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Two character-education lessons incorporated into stories. In Friend, Jacob crashes into Seth's toy dump truck while the two are racing their bikes and Seth is furious. Then, while visiting his grandmother, he accidentally breaks her lamp. She is not angry with him, and he realizes the importance of forgiveness, which leads him to Jacob's house seeking to renew their friendship. In the next book, Jason is asked to mail invitations to his grandmother's birthday party but on his way to the post office, he loses one down the drain grate. When Grandma's best friend does not show up on the day of the party, Jason realizes what happened and runs to Mrs. Wang's and asks her to come. Color cartoons fill the pages and enhance the mood of the texts. Young readers will relate to the simple plots, which will generate discussion.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807506189
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: The Way I Act Books
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 483,025
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.18 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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