Use of Questions

Use this forum to discuss the July 2018 Book of the Month "Toni the Superhero" by R.D. Base
Post Reply
User avatar
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 2215
Joined: 26 Jul 2017, 01:48
2019 Reading Goal: 70
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 47
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 49
Currently Reading: Besotted Boy
Bookshelf Size: 814
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Russian Lieutenant by Peter Marshall

Use of Questions

Post by Kibetious » 11 Jul 2018, 08:31

Reading this book, one can realize that there are quite a number of lessons to be drawn from it. However, these lessons may prove hard to point out for the kids. Should there be a section where the reader is asked to point out lessons learned or perhaps, in the end, asked whether Toni is a superhero and give reasons for the answer?
Would like to hear get comments on this.
​​​​​​He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy :techie-studyinggray:

User avatar
Zain A Blade
Posts: 285
Joined: 16 Mar 2018, 14:22
2018 Reading Goal: 600
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 3
Favorite Book: Find You and Find Everything
Currently Reading: The End of the Beginning
Bookshelf Size: 64
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Swordpoint by David Crane

Post by Zain A Blade » 11 Jul 2018, 14:35

I think adding points for lessons learned at the end of each section is a good idea, can help to bring things into perspective for reader.

User avatar
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 2061
Joined: 14 Feb 2018, 15:30
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 101
Currently Reading: Lord of Chaos
Bookshelf Size: 298
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Stone Wall Crossing by Alice Schellhorn Magrane
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by kfwilson6 » 13 Jul 2018, 14:13

I think the lessons are meant to be subtle. Sort of a subliminal messaging type of thing, like when a character in a movie drinks a coke, you may not realize later what made you want a coke, but it was that image of it on the screen. It's not a right in your face sort of lesson. I like it without the questions. Questions can be added by the parent during shared reading time.

User avatar
Kendra M Parker
Posts: 593
Joined: 07 Apr 2018, 07:49
2019 Reading Goal: 50
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 38
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 88
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 418
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Courier by Gordon J. Campbell
Reading Device: B00GDQDRPK

Post by Kendra M Parker » 13 Jul 2018, 16:00

I think that discussion questions are completely unnecessary for this book. The author's intention was not to spur discussion, but to teach kids to read. In a book where discussion is important, sure, I support the inclusion of questions. For this one, the discussion should be left to the parents to decide what and how much to discuss with their kids.

User avatar
Al Chakauya
Posts: 240
Joined: 09 Oct 2017, 04:29
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 40
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Beneath the Muscle by Lauren Powers

Post by Al Chakauya » 13 Jul 2018, 21:09

For me discussion questions are a big NO for this book. The author's idea here is to teach kids to read - adding questions will not help the intended reader. The big and vibrant illustrations accompanied by very short sentences will just do the trick to lure the child to read the book again and again.

User avatar
Posts: 929
Joined: 28 Apr 2018, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 80
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 41
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Heartaches 3 by H.M. Irwing

Post by LaurenHaupt » 14 Jul 2018, 00:40

Wouldn't be a bad idea but don't make them too many of them.Main focus is trying to teach your kid how to read.

User avatar
Sarah Tariq
Posts: 1901
Joined: 17 Mar 2017, 02:17
2019 Reading Goal: 25
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 44
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 96
2017 Reading Goal: 15
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 46
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 192
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream by Janice S. Ellis
Reading Device: PDF

Post by Sarah Tariq » 14 Jul 2018, 02:08

Adding question answer session in the end of the book is good idea. It will make this book more attractive.
Make your ideals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.


User avatar
Posts: 318
Joined: 29 Mar 2018, 10:09
2018 Reading Goal: 20
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 65
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 28
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Post by Cardinalsparrow » 14 Jul 2018, 07:35

There should, it's a good idea. It's actually a great way to put it to the kids and also a way to ensure that the lessons are learnt
Some books are to be tasted , others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested-- Francis Bacon

User avatar
P Reefer
Posts: 601
Joined: 06 May 2018, 08:13
2019 Reading Goal: 200
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 19
2018 Reading Goal: 24
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 237
Favorite Book: The Lost Identity Casualties
Currently Reading: De Facto Feminisn
Bookshelf Size: 159
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The McCoys Before The Feud by Thomas McCoy

Post by P Reefer » 14 Jul 2018, 10:41

Well that is the purpose of critics and reviewers, to help persons who are clueless after reading a book to be more aware of the deeper levels of meaning explored by the book.

User avatar
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 3427
Joined: 08 Jun 2018, 22:16
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 266
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Beyond the Golden Door by Ali Master

Post by Cecilia_L » 14 Jul 2018, 15:22

I prefer discussion questions to be individualized by the parent during reading, rather than added in the book.

User avatar
Posts: 131
Joined: 01 Jun 2018, 04:25
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 47
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer by Julie Penshorn

Post by Storm+ » 14 Jul 2018, 17:16

I think the addition of questions to this book would be kind of pointless. A parent can add their own questions, if they like, but this book is more about learning to read rather than fully understanding the subliminal messages within the reading.

User avatar
Brittany J
Posts: 84
Joined: 23 May 2018, 05:52
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 24
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Final Notice by Van Fleisher

Post by Brittany J » 14 Jul 2018, 21:09

I don't think discussion questions need to be added to this book. Its purpose is to teach children to read, not specifically to teach morals. The morals can come through in a subconscious way by simply reading it. I hope that parents ask and also determine what sort of questions to ask when reading a book to their child.

User avatar
Posts: 183
Joined: 26 Feb 2018, 09:21
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 22
2017 Reading Goal: 0
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 22
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Escape by Mark Kingston Levin, PhD
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by Samanthajayne12 » 15 Jul 2018, 05:31

This is an interesting point. It would be a nice interactive addition but I don't think it's particularly necessary, as the main point is for children to begin reading and actually enjoying reading.

User avatar
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1153
Joined: 14 Feb 2018, 19:21
2019 Reading Goal: 24
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 91
2018 Reading Goal: 24
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 229
Favorite Book: What My Dog Taught Me About Jesus
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 141
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: A Desperate Turn of Events by M J Clark
Reading Device: B00HCNHDN0

Post by cpru68 » 15 Jul 2018, 19:19

I don't think discussion questions would fit with the intention of why the author wrote this book. I felt it was to be a quick read to keep the attention of the target audience. I think that as the story is read repeatedly, young kids might jump in and speak about what is coming next. I like this free flow style versus a set of prescribed questions to follow.
Everything happens for a reason...

User avatar
Posts: 769
Joined: 15 Nov 2017, 09:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 114
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Fighting prosaic messagesA portrait of family literacies with critical essays on the causes of school failures by Henry C Amoroso, Jr , PhD
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG

Post by melissy370 » 15 Jul 2018, 20:00

The point of the book is for young readers to learn how to read. I don't think questions about the underlying messages would benefit that goal. For me, the simplicity of the story is the beauty of it and the parent can draw the child's attention to whatever they want.

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "Toni the Superhero" by R.D. Base”