Saturday, December 1, 2018

Building Character through Reading

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"He was scared of many things, but eventually, he saved the day." The children shared with me after they read Geronimo Stilton Heromice #10 Sweet Dreams, Sewer Rats!

"How did he save the day when he was scared?" I asked.

"He did not give up easily."They explained.

When the children read the books, they identify with the characters and situations in the story. After they finish reading, I would engage them in a conversation to talk about what the story is about, and ask them how they feel about the characters. From there, we discuss the positive characteristics and values, and how we can apply in our daily life.

Currently, they are reading the following titles from Scholastic. Through the adventures of the characters, the children learn about the importance of perseverance and responsibility.

Geronimo Stilton Heromice #10: Sweet Dreams, Sewer Rats!

Author: Geronimo Stilton
Age: 7 - 9
About the story:
Sludge and the Sewer Rats have turned day into night, and they want the sun to stay away forever! Now it's up to the Heromice and the mysterious new crime fighter Super E to stop them. But can Superstilton and his friends bring daylight back to Muskrat City before it's too late?

Possible conversation with the children:
How did Geronimo Stilton save the day when he was scared of many things?

Boys vs Beast Battle of the Worlds #1: Aquatan

Author: Mac Park
Age: 7 - 9
About the story:
A young boy, Kai, must use various technological weapons at his disposal to defeat the Beasts of Beastium. With every battle that Kai wins, he unlocks more gear to help him defend Earth. In this installment, when dead fish covered in glowing moss wash up on the beach, Kai knows it's time for battle. 

Possible conversation with the children:
Why did Kai win the battle against the water beast?

The Word Eater

Author: Mary Amato
Age: 7 - 9
About the story:
Life is miserable for sixth-grader Lerner Chanse at her new school, where the MPOOE (Most Powerful Ones on Earth) Club ruthlessly rules over the SLUGs (Sorry Losers Under Ground). Then Lerner accidentally discovers that her pet worm Fip eats paper - with startling results...When he eats a label with the words "Mack's Thumbtacks", all Mack's thumbtacks instantly vanish and papers slip from bulletin boards everywhere! It seems that if Fip eats a word, that item simply disappears from the world - forever. Now that Lerner knows about Fip's magic, she has some extraordinary powers of her own - and some big decisions to make.

Possible conversation with the children:
Is Lerner a responsible person? Why do you think so?

Melowy- The Song of the Moon

Author: Danielle Star
Age: 7 - 9
About the story:
The Melowies are required to perform a musical in front of all of Destino. Selene does not want to participate because she made a fool of herself the last time she performed publicly. With a little encouragement from her friends she auditions and wins the role of the moon! A rival Melowy sabotages her performance, throwing green pain all over Selene's costume before the performance. Nevertheless, she closes her eyes and sings. The school is amazed by her voice and both teacher and peers praise her performance.

Possible conversation with the children:
How did Selene overcome her fear?

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Disclaimer: We received the books for review purpose. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine. 

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