The "I" in Integrity!" ( I Mean the "me"! )
Authored by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Kyle Merriman
* Ages: 5-8
* Grade Level: K-3
* Publisher: Boys Town Press, 2020
* Length: 31 pages
This rhyming book teaches kids a very valuable life lesson.... all about integrity! What is integrity anyway? It is being honest and doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
Cora June's mother asks her to clean up her room and Cora June decides to cut corners and shove things here and there doing a half-hearted job. When Mom comes back to check on her daughter's progress she is disappointed and asks Cora about her integrity. Cora Jane doesn't know what the word means but thinks it may be under her bed or inside her closet.
She runs into the word again at school when she cheats on a spelling test... integrity... there it is again. What is it?
The author has done a stellar job of giving scenarios that kids will understand that demonstrate the lack of integrity. She then moves forward explaining the meaning of the word and how it is important to have integrity in your life. It is a story of personal growth and taking responsibility for your actions thus making you a much better person.
The illustrations are very well done. They are colourful, detailed and full of expression. I love them! If you are an educator this will be a perfect book to offer your students the first week of school. A copy should be in classrooms as well as elementary school libraries. You will find Tips for parents and educators at the back of the which are most helpful. I'm being honest about the book... it's wonderful! I highly recommend this book.
Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!
Meet the Author
Julia is nationally recognized as an award-winning children’s book author and parenting expert, and her books have been referenced in such publications as Parent’s Magazine, The New Yorker, Green Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo.com, DrLaura.com and BabyZone.com has. She has also been featured on CNN’s HLN News, and several large metropolitan networks.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Julia became actively involved in teaching children how to ski, an experience that led to a love of teaching in general. Julia now lives in Fremont, Nebraska. Her Master’s degree is in Elementary School Counseling. While serving as a guidance counselor, Julia often used children’s books to enhance her classroom lessons.
She has presented in thousands of schools across the country and abroad, regularly speaks at national education and counseling conferences. She has published nearly 100 children’s books on a wide range of characters and social development topics. Her books showcase her innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”
The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home.
In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and puppies.
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