Thursday, May 9, 2013

Great Choice, Camille! by Stuart J. Murphy -- ADVISABLE

Murphy, Stuart J. Great Choice, Camille! 32 pgs. Charlesbridge Books, 2013. $6.95.

When Camille's teacher tells her class that they will be doing several special projects, the children are excited. Camille has trouble making decisions, though, and she faces several difficult choices throughout the day, from whether to plant a garden or build a kite, to which veggies to eat from the finished gardens. Her teacher guides her and gives her tips on making up her mind. By the time she reaches the final choice at the end, she knows just what to do.

A nice exploration of the topic of making choices -- something children have to do many times a day and often have difficulty with. The author suggests several things to consider when making decisions, from asking yourself if you can change your choice to picking your favorite option before it's no longer available. Some of the suggestions could seem obvious to adults, who are practiced at making decisions, but are helpful for children who are still developing that skill.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by: Caryn

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