Friday, August 26, 2016

Spotlight Friday: A Bike Like Sergio's 8.26.16

Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!

I know many of you have Morning Meetings, or spend time sharing books about kindness, empathy, and life skills.  This would be a perfect book to add to the collection:

A Bike Like Sergio's
A Bike Like Sergio's
written by Maribeth Boelts
illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
published by Candlewick Press
October 4th, 2016

Goodreads summary:
Finders keepers, right? When Ruben picks up someone’s lost money, he finds out how hard it can be to do the right thing.

Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben’s mom sends him to Sonny’s corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn’t have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone’s purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it’s not one dollar or even five or ten—it’s a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio’s! But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money? Presenting a relatable story told with subtlety and heart, the creative team behind Those Shoes pairs up again for a satisfying new picture book.

Use this book to:
  • talk about what happened
  • quick write - what would you do?
  • debate yes he should give the money back, no he gets to keep it
  • talk about empathy - Rueben's family clearly does not have a lot of money, how do you know?  What is that like for his family?
  • discuss the theme, can they think of a time when they had to do the right thing even though it's hard?
HERE is a link for the teacher's guide.

Happy reading and enjoy the conversations!

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