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.
But Guess What I Can Think for Myself
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