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Following on the popularity of her first book, If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do? children's author and psychologist Sandra McLeod Humphrey continues her series on kids making tough moral choices in a complex world. This new interactive book encourages parents and teachers to talk to children about their values and helps kids formulate their own personal value system in the face of peer pressure, even when following their own conscience means going it alone. The twenty-five contemporary scenarios presented ...
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Overview

Following on the popularity of her first book, If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do? children's author and psychologist Sandra McLeod Humphrey continues her series on kids making tough moral choices in a complex world. This new interactive book encourages parents and teachers to talk to children about their values and helps kids formulate their own personal value system in the face of peer pressure, even when following their own conscience means going it alone. The twenty-five contemporary scenarios presented are situations that children can easily identify with, and the questions at the end of each chapter encourage productive, in-depth discussions about the moral choices suggested by a particular story. Readers can easily personalize each short tale or use them as jumping-off points to make up their own problem scenarios to fit specific circumstances.
Above all, this is a fun book! Kids will enjoy reading through each short situation and then deciding what they would do. Best of all, they'll learn that just as their bodies need exercise to build strong muscle and bone, moral character also needs "sets" and "reps" to keep it fit. In a society where rules are ambiguous and role models transient, this excellent book will guide children through everyday problems and instill in them a sense of responsibility for their own choices and actions.

Presents a number of scenarios involving ethical dilemmas and asks the reader to decide what to do.

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Editorial Reviews

Metro Lutheran Newspaper
I wish I'd had a book like this when I was a young person growing up. These well-crafted short stories, all open-ended, draw young readers into challenging situations with the invitation to write their own endings. One value for young readers is the fact that all of these stories are based on situations that happen to youngsters everywhere.—Michael L. Sherer Editor
My Friend-The Catholic Magazine
Sandra Humphrey highlights for kids the kinds of decisions they are called on to make in everyday life. It is not always easy to live what we believe, but her book provides an easy and fun way to give young people practice in choosing to 'do the right thing' in the face of peer pressure and self-interest." Sr. Maria Grace Dateno, FSP Editor
Children's Literature
These 26 very short stories teaching ethical object lessons cover a wide range of situations in which older children might find themselves. The themes include assessing true friendship, resisting the temptation to shoplift in order to join an exclusive clique, graciously accepting an annoying relative, being a good loser, standing up to bullies, being honest with a pen pal, toughing out challenges in schoolwork, forgiving others, and many more moral dilemmas. Each selection is followed by interesting thought-questions which ask the reader what choices he or she would make and why. The stories are briskly paced and written in an appealing, informal style using lots of dialogue. The characters are multi-ethnic middle-schoolers shown in lively, cartoon-style, black-and-white illustrations done in pen and ink. The ethical problems of each selection are listed in the table of contents for the convenience of the parent, teacher, or student looking for a specific situation. 2003, Prometheus Books, Ages 9 to 12.
— Patricia Dole
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591020776
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Pages: 110
  • Sales rank: 592,495
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra McLeod Humphrey (Minnetonka, MN), a retired clinical psychologist, is a writer and consultant for the Heroes & Dreams Foundation, which provides character education materials to grades K-8 throughout North America. She is the author of the highly praised If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do?, Dare to Dream!, and many other books focused on moral education for children.
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