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Mama said, "Who's responsible enough to do an important job for me?"
"Me," said Jason before Sam or Tyler could answer.
"Take these invitations to the mailbox right away," said Mama. "They're for Grandma's birthday party, and they have to be picked up today."
Jason took the invitations and started down the street. Carson called from the park, "Jason, come fly my new eagle kite."
"Can't," said Jason. "I'm doing an important errand."
"Aw, come on, I need some help," Carson begged.
"Well, okay." Jason set the envelopes on the grass and ran to see the kite.
Jason and Carson flew the kite till Jason saw the mail truck turn the corner. "Gotta go," he said, running to get the envelopes.
In his rush to meet the truck, Jason tripped on the curb. Slide went one white envelope, right down the drain grate! Jason could see it bobbing on the water.
Jason gasped. Oh, no! he thought. Mama said they're important! But now the invitation was gone, and there was no way to reach it.
Excerpted from Jason Takes Responsibility by Virginia Kroll, Nancy Cote. Copyright © 2005 Virginia Kroll. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
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Posted June 24, 2009
A lesson in doing the right thing. This book shows there are consequences for not acting responsibly that reach farther than yourself, including hurting someone you love. Cote's multicultural illustrations offer a slice of the real world, where all people struggle with the same issues.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.