Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WIN OR LOSE BY HOW YOU CHOOSE! by Judge Judy Sheindlin, illustrated by Bob Tore

Lexile    Not Rated
Pages    80
Ages     7-12

This is a great book for parents to read and discuss with their children. Written by Judge Judy Sheindlin of television fame (I love Judge Judy!), Win or Lose by How You Choose! presents moral and/or safety issues faced by today's children: "All your friends are smoking. They are making fun of you because you are not," or "You are home alone and someone knocks on the door." The scariest and I feel one of the most important issues she opens for discussion is, "You find a handgun in your father's closet." Yikes!

The questions are presented in a multiple-choice format with some of the answers laugh-out-loud funny. Usually the answer is obvious. But some of the questions get into a gray area where more than one answer may be appropriate, dependent upon the parents' rules or wishes. The simple line-drawing illustrations by Bob Tore give the book a friendly look, making it seem like fun rather than like a lesson.

Win or Lose by How You Choose! is not a book that will work well for children to read alone, and many of the 36 situations are geared toward the younger of the 7-12 age group. But as a tool to instill fairness, honesty, kindness and other desirable traits, you can't do much better than the good, common sense of Judge Judy.

You can find Win or Lose by How You Choose! at the Lake County Public Library or click here and with your library card number and PIN reserve a copy for pick-up at your nearest branch.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

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