Official Review: But Guess What I Can Think for Myself

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Official Review: But Guess What I Can Think for Myself

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "But Guess What I Can Think for Myself" by Judy Campbell.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Often, we wish we had the opportunity to go back in time and do things differently. However, most decisions in life cannot be undone. How different things might have been if we had the needed guidance in our early years. But Guess What! I Can Think for Myself by Judy Campbell provides the needed help for the social-emotional health of children. It trains them to think for themselves.

Nine years old Tory lives with his grandmother, mother, two older brothers, and a baby brother. After the loss of his father, his mother turned to drugs and booze and so did his older brothers. He faced much pressure to do the same. Will he give in? Where will he find the needed guidance? How will Tory's life turn out? These questions are answered in this captivating book.

Judy's book is unique and purposeful. It is written to appeal to kids in the 3rd to 5th grade. Tory's choice of activities and manner of speaking is commensurate with his age. Children within his age group can identify with him and learn from him. Also, the narrative was neither too simple nor too complex. It was appropriate for the target audience.

My most favorite aspect of this book is Tory's poem. Tory wrote his poem in bits as he faced challenges in life. The complete poem was presented towards the conclusion of the book. I would describe the poem as motivating. I also love the framed, colorful pictures of Tory and his family. They brought life to the story.

I have no dislikes about this book. It was splendid. It can help children make the right decisions when confronted with using unethical drugs, engaging in premarital sex, and so on. However, religiously sensitive readers should note that it leans towards the Christian faith.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was awesomely edited. Teachers and parents can find it instrumental in guiding their wards. Children aged 9 years and below would find it appealing.

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This review is very helpful. I can think of a friend i would want to recommend this book to. Being Christian myself, i would also like to read the book and see what it is about
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Post by Suzer6440 xyz »

This was a great review and I think I will love this book! Appealing to get the minds of children thinking.
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Post by NerdyVicky »

Your review surely made this book interesting. Even though it's for young children, I'm interested in checking it out. I particularly like where you mentioned that Tory speaks like an actual child of his age does. This means the writer knows a thing or two about developing relatable characters. Well done with the review.
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This sounds like a perfect kids book. Great review, thanks.
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This review is written very well! I honestly wish I had a book like this in my childhood. This seems like a great book to guide young ones.
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This seems like a beautiful and informative read. Im quite interested in reading this book although it is a Children’s book.
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what a great book to read would love to read this book it can be used as a way of instilling good morals to our children lovely.
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Well, if you are looking for a book that helps a great deal with ways of parenting and also Christianity, then this your book.
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Post by Sou Hi »

Thanks for your interesting review. Since most of the adults drown themselves in drugs and alcohol, it looks like it's up to Tory to take care of himself. Even nowadays, families like that are not rare, so this children's book is relatable and helpful for kids who are in Tory's shoes.
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Sounds great and quite unique for a children's book, though I could live without the religious parts of it. Thanks for the insightful review.
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Post by SamaylaM »

This book indeed sounds unique and purposeful. Readers would love to explore more about Tory's life. Thanks for a great review!
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I love that difficult topics are incorporated in this children's book.
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Sounds like a great book. The premise is a heavy but realistic one, and I like that the plot is not too simple or complex.
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I think this book will be just suitable for my ten-year-old nephew. I cannot wait to read this book with him in the evenings. Thank you so much for this review. I’m very much interested in this book.
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