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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Twins Wally and Wagner Winkie were so excited to be invited to the Montgomery boys' watermelon party. What they saw when they arrived did not disappoint them. The tables were pile high with watermelon slices. But the watermelon wasn't for eating, it was for throwing. This was a contest where the "best arm with the best aim" would win bragging rights. This children's picture book combines baseball and a favorite summer food into a story for boys.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book,
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 7
Age of Child: Read by an 11-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child thought it was amazing that the kids could throw watermelon, hit someone's house, and not get in trouble. The story was fun, but one read was enough.
Adult Reader Reaction: I have mixed feelings about the story. Like my daughter, I was a bit surprised at the events and how they unfolded. One of the key points of the story was that the hosts had won every year AND they did it by cheating. Even though the cheaters don't win, how the information is presented was unsettling. I didn't like that.
Pros: Boys - in particular baseball fans - will enjoy this story about a throwing contest.
Cons: This is a story for a bit older reader (7 to 9). The characters' names, though sound more suitable for preschoolers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story has a valuable life lesson and can open a door for you to talk about social skills.