Toni the Superhero: Subtle Moral Lessons

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That is the first thing I noticed about the book and the main reason why I liked it so much. At that age a child's mind is being molded and what better way than to have books showing helpful and happy main characters.
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I think having subtle morel lessons is great! It teaches kids something without them realizing it.

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I think Tony is a model child. He helps with the house chores. To me, children should help their parents in carrying out their duties. He has good character.

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I think any young child reading this would see Toni as a superhero and try to emulate him, such as helping around the house. I like books that get children engaged in real life happenings.
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Tony as the leading character is expected to be superhuman. Notably, he exerts some influence on the readers especially the kids. His portrayal as a child who love house chores is educative on the children.

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I think Toni who is a superhero can make the child more interested into his character, but what he does makes the child follow his actions that make the child think that what he/she does can make him/her a superhero. This is a very good moral lesson in the story since our childhood is where our personalities are often formed and developed.

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The additional ability to do house chores and help out in the house is good. It gives a better meaning to the word 'superhero'. Other children book authors should copy it.

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I would say that the author did an excellent job in conveying good subtle moral lessons. Just because Toni is a superhero, doesn't mean he has to neglect his responsibilities of doing house chores. As well as just because a person is a well-known Hollywood star, doesn't mean he is without responsibilities.

Furthermore, the illustration of Toni spending time at the swimming pool with his friends who are in diverse skin colors is a creative way of teaching the children to respect everyone equally regardless of their skin colors and to not be racist. You will surprised to know that the children also are able to notice this diversity.
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I think that it definitely teaches responsibility to its young readers

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Lolababs94 wrote:
01 Jul 2018, 09:59
Did anyone else notice how the author introduced subtle moral lessons?
Your immediate perception of a superhero is someone with super powers. Toni is introduced as a superhero, not just because he has super powers, but also because he helps out in the house, does his chores, etc.

What do you think of this? And, do you think this is something that children authors can adopt in their writing?
Of coarse, doing ordinary tasks by a superhero is a big moral lesson for kids as it will make them a responsible person.
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The subtle moral lessons in the book are great - more children authors should adopt this into their stories. If I had to choose, I would definitely buy these kind of books. I think it's important for the children to equate mundane things such as helping around the house as being a 'superhero'. It encourages positive behaviour. At the very least, they'll probably imagine themselves as Toni while doing it and become more willing to help out!

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I really like this discussion. This aspect of the book reminds me of the Buddhist concept of finding satisfaction in the mundane. This is something that is very difficult to learn as an adult. I like that kids can learn from Toni the concept of appreciating and giving value to the mundane exercises in life as well as the more auspicious times. And if my kid wanted to help with chores because his favorite superhero did, happy day!
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ParadoxicalWoman wrote:
24 Jul 2018, 07:17
I would say that the author did an excellent job in conveying good subtle moral lessons. Just because Toni is a superhero, doesn't mean he has to neglect his responsibilities of doing house chores. As well as just because a person is a well-known Hollywood star, doesn't mean he is without responsibilities.

Furthermore, the illustration of Toni spending time at the swimming pool with his friends who are in diverse skin colors is a creative way of teaching the children to respect everyone equally regardless of their skin colors and to not be racist. You will surprised to know that the children also are able to notice this diversity.
Excellent point. Too often people make excuses for not taking care of their responsibilities or they don't want to even claim responsibility for a task. Hopefully this book will help children see that helping around the house, eating healthy, reading, and playing with friends are responsibilities that are theirs.

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I see the true meaning of superhero here. Toni a supero indeed. I love how the author has demonstrated the meaning in this context. Thanks for writing such a beautiful story.

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Greatness should be as a result of doing just the ordinary things in an extraordinary manner, love and touch. Toni does exactly this and he therefore deserves the title 'superhero'
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