Children's Literature - Magi EvansMost young children will encounter a situation in which they want something that does not belong to them. Using this book, adults can discuss this dilemma with a child, talk about why it would be wrong, and help the child think of better ways to handle the situation. The scenarios depicted here also bring up other concepts worthy of discussion such as jealousy, boredom, and greed. Eason’s simple illustrations depict charmingly bigheaded children of diverse ethnic backgrounds, with expressions that accurately depict the emotions involved. The “How To Use This Book” pages might help some parents start the conversation with their child, although most adults would probably know instinctively how to use the book for its intended purpose. And while this is technically a non-fiction picture book, the inclusion of an index and glossary in this kind of book is really unnecessary. But the book offers opportunities for discussion of an important concept, making it a useful addition to library shelves. Part of the “You Choose” series seeking to help children do the right thing in different situations. 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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