Why doesn't Toni have abilities? Is it a safety reason?

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Re: Why doesn't Toni have abilities? Is it a safety reason?

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Charlaigne wrote:
03 Jul 2018, 22:38
Dael Reader wrote:
02 Jul 2018, 14:37
I think the author is subtly showing us that you don't need special powers to be a superhero. You can be a superhero to your family and friends by spending time with them and helping them out in ordinary ways. In fact, maybe the willingness to work and play and help others in need is the greatest superpower of all.
This exactly.
Thanks for the beautiful explanation! Well said!

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I believe the author's intention was to show that even superheroes do mundane stuff. The children would then happily undertake these tasks in their own lives.
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Kids tend to imitate what they see, especially if they really like it. I think it was a wise choice by the author to leave out depictions that could potentially lead to dangerous outcomes of kids imitayed them.

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I think Toni may not be a real superhero, but a hero in the eyes of his parents because he is always helping them and being a good kid. This book inspires kids and delivers the theme that they don't have to have super abilities to be a superhero.

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05 Jul 2018, 09:26
I think the reason that Toni lacks "superhero abilities" is because the author wants to show children good values like reading, helping around the house, healthy eating, etc. When a superhero is doing these things it makes children want to do them too! When reading this book with my daughter, she was very excited that the superhero did some of the same things she does. It is a relatable book for children!
I agree, my son loves to clean, so it made him even more excited to read the book. :) He is just learning to read, and t was thrill to watch him want to read it himself. :D :D
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I think Toni not having special abilities, makes him a character you can easily identify with. It teaches children that they don't need to have special abilities to be heroes. All those superhero abilities are only in the movies.They don't happen in the real world.I think this is a commendable read for children.

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I think it’s more to show the importance of everyday activities so that kids could relate & learn more by Toni’s example. Sort of like what do superheroes do when they aren’t fighting crime they are doing things that any kid can do. I think it also lets children believe that they can be superheroes too by doing the things that Toni likes to do.

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It is much safer for children to read this book rather than other superheroes novel. The book depicts the real society and is not overrated.

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Post by CataclysmicKnight »

I can definitely see children more easily relating to a superhero who does chores than one who can fly or shoot lasers out of their eyes, but it definitely poses the threat of "hey that's not a superhero that's just a kid in a costume". Maybe Toni is just a young Batman or Iron Man and his "super powers" will, in the future, merely be lots of money, intellect, and ingenuity. :D
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Maybe the author wants to convey this message that for being a superhero, you don't need to have extraordinary abilities, but you should use your ordinary abilities in an extraordinary way.

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Post by Alicia09 »

I think that when the author showed Toni doing regular activities like household chores, she did this to so that young boys could relate to the story. If more young boys are inspired to help out around the house after reading this story, that would be a great thing because I grew up around boys and they didn't do any house work. They left their dirty clothes everywhere and I had to pick up after them just to walk from one end of the living room to the other.

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Maybe Tony's superhero powers would have to be demonstrated in a way that would be unsafe for children if they decided to try those positions.

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Post by kennyoung »

yeah,its good he does'nt posses lot of super powers.that could have influenced growing kids in practicing an imaginary scene, Toni is a cool kid and also helps at home!!

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Post by Samisah »

This a children book. It is important that the lessons taught be customized for them. Children being what they are, will naturally want to practice the activities carried out by their hero in the book. So if Toni were to have super abilities, things might not go well. Kids will want to do anything they see

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Post by teevic_o »

I believe the most mundane humans can be heroes too. Not all heroes fly, shoot lasers through their eyes, or teleport. I guess the aim was to appreciate the regular everyday kind of heroes.
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