Oliver the Clownfish sees his friend, Ozzie the Octopus, slip an item that is clearly not his into his book-bag. Oliver confronts Ozzie and learns that even friends might have very different standards. Oliver realizes that taking things from others is not right, even if friends are doing it.
This publication is an award-winning finalist in the Children’s Mind / Body / Spirit Category of the 2013 Best Book Awards (sponsored by USA Book News).
Mason Canyon (verified owner) –
Teaching a child right from wrong can sometimes be a difficult task. Author Stephanie Guzman has found a fun way to teach youngsters the importance of not stealing. Oliver the Clownfish enjoys attending Fish Tale Elementary with his friends. During class one day, items turn up missing but Ozzie the Octopus finds each one. At lunch when Oliver returns to the classroom for his lunchbox he finds Ozzie with a shiny stone belonging to Sally the Seahorse. Oliver talks to Ozzie about how bad it is to take something even if it is just to make others laugh. Ozzie challenges Oliver to take something too. But Oliver convinces Ozzie that having sticky fins isn’t right. Guzman does an excellent job making the learning experience fun for youngsters ages 6 to 8. She includes helpful tips for parents on how to discuss about the perils of stealing with youngsters. In addition, she includes information about octopus. The book is beautifully illustrated by Amy Balcerak. The vivid drawings will hold youngsters attention as the story unfolds. This charming book will entertain and educate. It’s a fun read for the entire family.
mcrel2 (verified owner) –
There is a hint of mystery when things start to go missing in Oliver’s classroom that kept my kids interested. Where did the things disappear to? Is someone taking them? The book deals with the moral issue of stealing in a very age appropriate way. I also liked that it addressed peer pressure (the thief tries to convince Oliver to steal too, and the book addresses the thoughts that go through Oliver’s head as he considers it and ultimately decides to do the right thing. Loved this!) Also a plus- there is an intro for parents dealing with the issue of stealing, as well as discussion questions at the end of the book. My kids enjoyed talking about them, and it was helpful as a parent to have guidelines to discuss the content in the book. Overall definitely worth the money, fun to read, and a great message for kids.