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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?
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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