Brenda S. Miles, Ph.D., Author
Steve Mack, Illustrator
Magination Press, Feb. 28, 2015, Fiction
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Sticking with a task and seeing it through, Perseverance, Life Skills, Self-confidence
Opening: Meet Stickley. He’s a frog. Every day he wears shorts and a fancy bowtie.
Book Jacket Synopsis: Stickley the frog has the gift of stick-to-it-ness. His sticky toes help him stick to windows, ceilings and surfboards — even under plates! But Stickley’s toes aren’t the only way he sticks to things. His attitude helps him stick with projects — no matter how frustrating or hard they may be — so he can reach his goals.
Why I like this book:
This is a clever and upbeat story that introduces children to the idea of sticking with a task or challenge and seeing it through to completion. This ultimately helps children feel proud about what they are doing. There are many humorous examples of Stickley participating in a science fair, a spelling bee and giving a speech. Some projects require Stickley to take his time, test his patience, make him look at what he’s doing from a different perspective, and sometimes start over. This is an excellent book for teachers to use in the classroom with students. I can see many great questions and lively discussions with students. Steve Mack’s illustrations are colorful, whimsical and expressive. They are entertaining and add to the story’s appeal.
Resources: The book includes a lengthy Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with more information about perseverance and strategies for encouraging children to plan, take breaks, ask for help and work with others to complete a task.
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