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“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”
Summary: It is 8:30 am at Central Junior High. Students are chatting while finding their seats in Homeroom. The loudspeaker screeches and buzzes as it is turned on. The Principal's voice comes on as she shares a brief positive thought to start everyone's day. Daily Positives is the source of her inspirational and motivational material. This collection of motivational and inspirational material is presented in a way that helps adolescents build a positive self image.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 12 and Up
Adult Reader Reaction: Helping students develop a positive self-image and self-confidence is essential. The author, a principal, co-opts a few minutes every morning to share an inspirational thought or comment with the students.
Pros: This is a motivational handbook for middle school and junior high school audiences. Both the content and approach of this book are appropriate and effective for reaching adolescents. They will embrace the inspirational and motiviational ideas presented.
Borrow or Buy: This book is a buy for parents, educators, counselors, and coaches. It is filled with motivational and inspirational quotes that resonate well with adolescents. The book is a great resource when one is looking for a conversation starter to help mend the wounds of adolescence.
Educational Themes: The book is a compendium of inspirational quotes. The materials and approach comfort and encourage adolescents to acknowledge their immediate concerns and/or issues while at the same time acknowledging the gifts and positive attributes with which they have been blessed. This is a book teachers would find helpful with class or individual students.