Sujan Dass Real Life is No Fairy Tale

ISBN 13: 9780981617039

Real Life is No Fairy Tale

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9780981617039: Real Life is No Fairy Tale

Real Life is No Fairy Tale is a children s book unlike any other. Tony s story is based on research on resilience, a psychological trait that can give children a considerable advantage in overcoming adversity. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from negative experiences and move forward with a positive outlook. Although it is a key skill in making sense out of struggle, resilience is rarely taught to children. Real Life is No Fairy Tale presents a realistic portrayal of how resilience and positive thinking can drastically change the course of one s life. Tony s story takes place in a poor urban community, but adversity can take many shapes, forms, and colors. The story itself is written in rhythmic prose similar to that employed by hiphop artists. This dynamic can increase interest, retention and comprehension among struggling readers, and also makes the text resonate with children in a way that similar books often do not. The book s artwork also breaks new ground. The hand-drawn images incorporate even the smallest details of urban life. Like key elements in the story, much of the imagery is based on input from young people across the country. The texturing of the images was created using high- resolution photographs of urban exteriors and interiors, including the childhood home of the author.

About the Enhanced CD The included disc provides a wealth of resources to accompany the book. These resources are designed to help parents, educators, and of course the readers themselves.
In a CD player or computer, you can play a narration of the text in two versions. One version is set to an original musical score, and the other is read without music. A third audio track provides the music without narration. The disc also contains the captioned video of Real Life is No Fairy Tale. You can access this video by opening the CD on a computer. There you will also find lesson plans, graphic organizers, worksheets, mazes, crossword puzzles, and other printable activities. These resources will significantly extend the relevance of Real Life is No Fairy Tale in any home or classroom.

Enhanced CD Contents
For Play in Computer or CD Player:
Audio Track 1: Narration with Music
Audio Track 2: Narration without Music
Audio Track 3: Music only
For Play in Computer Only: Captioned Story Video (turn off narration by muting volume)
Printable Resources:
Lesson Plans and Project Ideas
Vocabulary Building Worksheets
Language Arts Worksheets
Writing Prompts
Reading-based Graphic Organizers
Maze Activity Sheets (and Solutions)
Wordsearch Activity Sheets (and Solutions)
Hidden Picture Scavenger Hunt

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About the Author:

Dr. Sujan Dass is an award- winning educator, author and researcher. Much of his work has focused on at-risk youth and other people struggling against difficult odds. As executive director of Show and Prove Youth Outreach, a nonprofit targeting high-risk teens, he designed programs and curricula teaching the life skills needed for overcoming adversity. Real Life is No Fairy Tale is based on his research, professional experience, and his own background as a former at-risk youth. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.

Review:

Recommended Picture Book for 2010! From the beginning of his day to the end, Tony faces problems: no breakfast left for him, a crowded car ride to school through a hurting neighborhood, adults who misunderstand him, a possible confrontation with a bully. Through it all, Tony keeps his cool, telling himself to focus on the good, laugh away the bad, and never forget that it could always be worse. His steady ways are appreciated by his friends, who come through when he most needs them. This story teaches resilience and self-regulation, character traits that assist children in surviving and overcoming adversity. The story, the rhythmic prose, the urban setting, and detailed illustrations are aimed at disadvantaged children, in keeping with the publishers mission and the author s educational experience with high-risk teens. The book includes a CD-ROM with lesson plans, activities, and an audio version of the story. For ages 7-10. --Foreword Magazine, May/June 2010

Reviewer's Choice! Real Life Is No Fairy Tale is a truly inspirational book about a boy named Tony whose life gives him many problems and privations. Tony's response to his difficult life is summed up in his favorite saying: I focus on the good,/ I laugh away the bad,/ and I never forget/ that it could always be worse. So when Tony's brothers beat him to breakfast, leaving him hungry for the day, or when his mother is too tired to notice his needs are not being met, or when a bully classmate threatens to beat him and makes his daily life even more difficult and miserable, Tony tries his best to keep his spirits up and to find a better way to solve his problems. But the true gold of Real Life Is No Fairy Tale; comes when Tony's friends team up to help him in his scary confrontation with Gary, the troubled bully. They come to help him because they remembered what he said and did for them: ;When there's a chance to help anybody else, I'm there first. I help them focus on the good, laugh away the bad, and never forget that it could always be worse.;Real Life Is No Fairy Tale" is a book to hook at-risk youth, but it also makes a powerful case for those not at risk to pay attention and put some empathy to work to help others less fortunate than themselves. The versed text fits with an African American beat and the hand-drawn illustrations show all the details of Tony's world and life described so well;Real Life Is No Fairy Tale makes you feel Tony's hunger, and it makes you want to feed him and give him a good cheer. --Midwest Book Review, March 2010

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