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Text, anecdotes, and activities introduce and discuss how to build important character traits, such as caring, citizenship, cooperation, courage, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
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Gr. 4^-6.This title defines 10 positive character traits, and offers children practical ways to develop and strengthen them. Each trait is first illustrated by a true story featuring a child hero and is then defined in child-friendly terms, followed by simple activities, mnemonics, open-ended "what if?" questions, and bibliographies of fiction and nonfiction books on the theme. Open, honest communication is stressed throughout, and youngsters are urged to approach caring adults with problems. The intent is admirable, but the book's audience is unclear. The younger range of kids, aged 7^-10, the readership targeted in the title, would find some of the material too difficult; most of the books mentioned in the chapter reading lists, which do include some well-considered choices, are for older readers, with comparatively few second-or third-grade titles cited. Character education is a growing trend in schools today, however, and practical, kid-centered books like this are needed. With its many activities, discussion springboards, and literature tie-ins, this offering will be especially useful to teachers or adult moderators. Catherine Andronik
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