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THE TREASURE OF HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

Author: Carol Goodlow

Illustrator: Carol Goodlow

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Publisher: Breakaway Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Hannah, who is seven, is a couch potato. She knows what she likes, but sometimes it results in kids laughing at her. She loves to play in the pool, but doesn't know how to swim. One night, while she is dreaming, she visits a place that can help her gain confidence and make better choices. This is a lightly illustrated chapter books to get kids thinking about healthier choices.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, independent reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 4

Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old child at Effort Baptist Church as part of the Children's Ministry and Use Your ABCs project.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked the book because the title made it sound really interesting. The book was a little weird, and I thought it should be for children younger than me. What I liked about the book is that even though Hannah was picked on, she never picked on anyone herself or tried to get back at them.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Preteen girls can see themselves in the challenges and awkwardness Hannah faces.

Cons: The references may be too obscure for some audiences and to direct for others.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story has potential to help girls who are struggling with their own sense of value or self esteem.

If You Liked This Book, Try: YOU GO, GIRL … KEEP DREAMING A SPECIAL BOOK ABOUT ALWAYS BELIEVING IN YOURSELF   THE WORRY TREE   DO THE MATH #2: THE WRITING ON THE WALL

Educational Themes: Although couched as a dream, the messages about making healthy choices - and the benefits of those choices - are clear. This would be a good book for small group discussion.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - health, picture book, exercise, life lessons, self worth

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009

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