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by Sandra Mcleod Humphrey, Brian Strassburg (Illustrator)
 

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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

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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591020776
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Pages:
110
Sales rank:
703,180
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are Saying About This

Dr. Terry Hitchcock
This is a MUST read. Sandra Humphrey has honed her writing skills to a sharp edge. This book challenges our young people to reach inside themselves, to ponder, to explore their moral fiber-to examine who they are and who they are becoming.
Executive Director, The Heroes & Dreams Foundation
Philip Bigler
Sandra Humphrey has provided a valuable resource for concerned educators, parents, and students. Through a series of well-developed, interesting, and true-to-life scenarios, Ms. Humphrey poses profound questions involving such issues as peer relationships, academic integrity, and personal responsibility. Each piece will facilitate a lively discussion and will help young people assess the potential consequences of their actions.
1998 National Teacher of the Year Director, The Madison Center, James Madison University
Gene Bedley
Sandra Humphrey presents very real moral situations in her new book that prepares kids to make responsible choices, and guess who wins? Kids! Their parents! All of us!
PTA National Educator of the Year

Meet the Author

Sandra McLeod Humphrey (1936-2012) a former clinical psychologist, was a writer and a consultant for the Heroes & Dreams Foundation, which provides character education materials to grades K–8 throughout North America. She was the author of three highly praised books called Hot Issues, Cool Choices; If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do? and Dare to Dream! as well as many other books focused on moral education for children.

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