The Lunch Thief

The Lunch Thief


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Lunch Thief 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
santillan More than 1 year ago
The Lunch Thief is an excellent way to teach empathy and to look at things from another persons point of view. Rafael is hungry because someone has stolen his lunch. When Rafael spies Kevin, the new kid in his class, sneaking his lunch Raphael must decide what to do. But how can he do something about the theft without picking a fight? Inspired by his mother's advice to use his mouth before his fists, Rafael bides his time, but other kids' lunches are disappearing, too. On an errand with his mom, Rafael sees Kevin carrying a bundle of laundry into a motel room, and his mom tells him Kevin's family might be one of the families who lost their homes in the recent wildfires. Rafael rethinks his anger. The next day, instead of accusing Kevin, Rafael invites him to share his lunch, letting him know he's been caught, but offering friendship as well as a good meal. This would be a great addition to a classroom or school library especially for older children. I can see many lesson plans that can emerge from reading this book. The watercolor illustrations are beautifully rendered and add to the feeling of the story. A truly delightful and inspiring book. Suzanne Santillan
BarbaraG More than 1 year ago
Is stealing always wrong? That's a question to open with before reading this tasty treasure aloud. The simple synopsis of The Lunch Thief, written by Anne C. Bromley and beautifully illustrated by Robert Casilla goes like this: A pitcher for his school team, Rafael's second favorite thing to do is eat. He's really hungry today, however, someone stole his lunch; so hungry, in fact, that he could "eat the crumbs the seagulls left behind." Rafael saw Kevin, a new kid in his class, sneak his lunch bag from underneath his desk and tuck it in his backpack. He wants to confront the theft but doesn't want to pick a fight. Inspired by his mother's advice to use his mouth before his fists, Rafael bides his time until other lunches disappear as well. In talking with Kevin, Rafael finds out that he comes from a nearby town that was ravaged by recent wildfires. When Rafael sees Kevin carrying a bundle of laundry into a motel room, he realizes that Kevin's family might be one of the families who lost their homes. The next day, Rafael invites Kevin to share his lunch, subtly stopping the stealing and replacing it with friendship and a good meal. Ask students again if stealing is always wrong. Find out if they think Kevin wanted to be a lunch thief. What might they have done in Kevin's situation? Would they have done anything differently if they were Rafael? Why did Kevin offer Rafael a quarter for his lunch in the end? Will Rafael take the quarter? Why or why not? Use the story not only for a discussion about sensitivity and friendship, but also as a chance to learn more about hunger and/or homelessness in your area. Help your students brainstorm ways to help combat the issue, then find a homeless shelter where they might make a donation or go and serve a meal. Create a visual and advertise by making and hanging Food Bank Mobiles in prominent places throughout your school.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Somebody's been stealing the lunches from the desks of the kids! Each day it seems it is another person who has suddenly looked inside their desk only to discover that the brown paper bag lunch that their mother so lovingly packed this morning is GONE! Who could possibly be stealing the lunches? One day a boy finds out exactly who has been stealing the lunches and why. The reason for it will make us all have a change of heart the next time our lunch is stolen. I received The Lunch Thief by Anne C. Bromley compliments of Tilbury House Publishers for my honest review. What a great lesson is inside of the hardcover of this wonderful children's book. It kindly reminds us that appearances may not always be what they seem. I would highly recommend this book to any child from 6 and up, and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars. The illustrations are colorful and the book is easy to read for 30 pages. What a great resource for churches and schools as well as for your own personal children's library at home. Mine is now part of my own kids library. Even my 17 year old loved the book!