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Kevin and the Seven Lions (Kevin's Books Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The title refers to seven lions; the story itself in one place mentions "six lions walked into the center ring." (Loc. 107). As good as the story is, it could use a careful editing for punctuation and grammar--there are quite a few problems in that area. Since this is a book for children, grammar and spelling are very important.
I mention these little problems because I'm sure the author wants to improve his book, but I don't want to detract from its vitality and message. These qualities are very good.
Kevin is a day-dreamer. Nothing wrong with that at all. Except that it's cutting into his school time and without a decent education he's going nowhere. What's a teacher to do? Bend him over and administer six of the best with a bamboo cane? Nope. Make him go stand in the corner with a pointy hat which says 'D' on it in 768 point Courier? Nope. Make him stay after school for detention, but don't tell his parents so they waste gasoline driving to the school to pick him up? Nope, they didn't even do that. What is wrong with this school? Where is the discipline?
Here's the least credible part of the whole story: the teacher gives Kevin an exercise book in which he can exercise his imagination and write down the details of his day-dreams! Since when do teachers ever give out school supplies? Really? The weird thing is that Kevin starts writing down his day-dreams and before you know it he's created a short story out of them! Wait a minute here! They didn't punish the kid? They tried to understand him and it worked? They helped him find a creative outlet for his energy and talent and everyone benefited? Seriously? Surely this has to be fiction, Okay, I'm sorry I called you Surely (unless that's actually your real name), but this is getting out of hand!
I guess I have no choice, but to rate this book as a worthy read! Who knew? Showing kindness and support to children actually works! There was no way to predict that kind of out-of-left-field result! So let me leave you with this small piece of advice: don't quit your day-dream!
Inspiration hits and Mrs Calvin has a brilliant idea. She wants Kevin to write down his daydreams. She wants to see what happens! Really?! Kevin, at first isn't sure whether this is good or bad but soon finds release and the desire to write and write and write. What a difference this makes in Kevin's life.
Worth reading to your kids and maybe you can use the errors to teach them the correct way to write. I LOVE the idea behind this story which shows that one education most definitely does not fit all. All kids are unique and should be encouraged to use the talents they have been given. Thanks, Liz
This book is an excellent resource for students in the early elementary grades who struggle with staying on task. Parents and teachers might want to use this short story with beautiful illustrations as a read aloud and discussion topic.
Any little reader will find a connection with Kevin, making this a meaningful read. Although the punctuation threw me off at times, I really enjoyed the messages in this book. Also, I thought the illustrations were wonderful.