Let's Get Along!: Kids Talk about Tolerance

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Uses an advice-column format to define tolerance as a character value and demonstrates how it can be used in daily situations.

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Overview

Uses an advice-column format to define tolerance as a character value and demonstrates how it can be used in daily situations.

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Children's Literature
Like other books in the "Kids Talk About" character education series, this one takes the format of an advice column. Frank B. Wize is a thirteen-year-old self-described "advice columnist for kids." He explains, "When I've got a problem, my friends and parents help me. I like to turn around and help out someone else—like you!" The book's format consists of kids' handwritten letters, on notebook paper, followed by Frank's typewritten responses. Each new subject is illustrated with simple, pleasing, bold-colored images resembling contemporary cartoons. Frank tackles questions about the travails of sharing a bedroom with a sibling, studying a foreign language, crabby neighbors, religious sensitivity when celebrating winter holidays, friends from other countries where there is civil strife, and friends who cook strange food when you visit their homes. Though Frank's advice about what to do if you are bored at school led this reader to think he might profit from a lesson in the value of differentiated learning and gifted education classes, the rest of his advice about tolerating others is sensible and gently stated in plain, reassuring language. The letters concern realistic situations kids might face. Elementary and middle school guidance counselors may find this book helpful as a source of supplemental reading for students. 2005, Picture Window Books, Ages 6 to 12.
—J. H. Diehl
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In watered-down "Dear Abby" style, fictitious Frank B. Wize, an alarmingly well-adjusted 13-year-old, serves as the character guide in each of these books, giving computer-generated, written responses to younger children who request advice on moral topics. Is That True? deals with everything from cheating to protective white lies, and the other titles have a similar scope that takes an issue from home to school to the world at large. The books include an introduction to the topic from Frank, several question-and-answer pages, a quiz with an answer key, and a short bio from the teen's "Personal Hero File." The "File" is the most interesting part of each book, with Rachel Carson the exemplar in True?, Eleanor Roosevelt in Pitch In!, and Sadako Sasaki in Get Along! The colorful, digitally rendered illustrations have a flat cartoon style that vaguely suggests "textbook." While kids might be struggling with some of the dilemmas presented, any helpful advice risks being lost in the bland pages, Frank's condescending voice, and the heavy-handed morality. Kids will find it easier and more rewarding to glean advice on honesty, cooperation, and tolerance from good stories with strong plots.-Julie Roach, Watertown Free Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404806221
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Kids Talk Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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