Percy Plays It Safe

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When Percy plays at the park, he's a monster! Roaring and growling, he climbs up the slide, stomps in the sandbox, and jumps off the swing. Will he ever learn how to be a safe monster?

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When Percy plays at the park, he's a monster! Roaring and growling, he climbs up the slide, stomps in the sandbox, and jumps off the swing. Will he ever learn how to be a safe monster?

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Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Percy likes to pretend he is a monster at the playground. Despite warnings from his father "Play safe...or we'll have to go home" and playmates "Stop! shouted Camille," he continues to accelerate his rambunctious behavior, and finally hurts his knee when he jumps off the swing. The language is simple, although rather preachy. "We told you to play safe, said Camille." "I knew you'd get hurt, said Ajay." "I'll get your daddy, said Freda." Percy comes back the next day ready to "play safe." All the children join him in a group "monster" roar to celebrate his new attitude. While this is not great literature, it might be useful in pre-school classroom curriculum, and comes with some questions for parents or teachers to review with students. The book, although clearly didactic, might well serve as a resource when socializing young children to acceptable group behavior. The pictures feature various animals in clothing, complete with ribbons and tennis shoes in a cartoon style with simple backgrounds and limited text on each page. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Short, simple sentences with minimal detail instruct readers in social, emotional, and cognitive skills as well as health and safety. In the first book, Emma has moved to a new house and wants to make friends. She finds that "smile," "ask," "help," and "share" bring about the desired result. Each concept is reinforced using inset pictures and highlighted words. Freda focuses on the cognitive skill of sequencing, with insets reinforcing the order of events from packing for the picnic to cleaning up. Ajay! deals with the emotional skills for building confidence. The child wants to throw a ball like his older sister, but he can't. Friends remind him of other things that were difficult at first but that resulted in success. In the last title, Percy loves to play monster and takes many dangerous chances, ignores the other children's pleas to play safe, and eventually gets hurt. The illustrations emphasize both good and bad playground habits. In each book, the colorful and playful cartoon illustrations capture young readers' attention. A page of questions encourages readers to think about the stories and a page emphasizing the steps involved in each skill. End pages include notes for parents. While these titles may support the curriculum and offer opportunities for discussion, they are unlikely to inspire children's interest.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580894531
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Series: Stuart J. Murphy's I See I Learn Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 582,765
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart J. Murphy, author of the award-winning MathStart books (HarperCollins), has developed a new series for Charlesbridge: I See I Learn®. The I See I Learn® books feature simple stories and visual learning strategies to help young children learn important social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills. Stuart, a visual learning specialist, has also served on the authorship teams of a number of major educational programs. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Stuart and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston, Massachusetts, near their children and three grandchildren, Jack, Madeleine, and Camille.

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