I'll Do The Right Thing

Summary:

Joe Joe Rawlings knows something is going on at school and that it's not good. About the time he learns that gangs are forming in his school, his friend Tyrone starts pressuring him to join. Joe Joe has been reading about Ralph Bunche ... can he follow his example or will the pressure be too much?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story is contemporary, relevant and positive. The illustrations are complemented by historical data, including photographs and quotes.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Young Reader Reaction

This is one of the most text-driven books we've read with our preschooler. Still, s/he sat through the whole story and was paying close attention to Joe Joe and his grandmother.

Parent Reaction

This is an outstanding book. It offers historical fact in a context that is relevant to today's kids. Unfortunately, the setting of gangs in elementary school is all too real.

Type of Book:
This is a story for middle-school aged readers that provides history as well as problem solving solutions.
Educational Themes:

The story offers opportunities to explore gangs, peer pressure, friendship, personal values, perseverance, and the consequences of one's choices. The information on Ralph Bunche serves as a good baseline for doing more research.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Age of child:
Read with 4½ year old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Definitely borrow. The story is incredibly valuable for today's kids and is a book you can share that offers insight without sounding preachy.

Title I'll Do the Right Thing
Author Jean Alicia Elster
Publisher Judson Press © 2003
Illustrators Nicole Tadgell
ISBN 081701408X
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.00
Genres Christian, Black History, Life Lessons, Contemporary Fiction, Urban Fiction
Other Reviews:

You May Also Like...

Check out these books you may also like

BOOK REVIEW

Author
K. C. Taylor
Publisher
Gnd Pub © 2003
ISBN
9780972854900
be the star you are

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Ellen F. Feld
Publisher
Willow Bend Publishing © 2006
ISBN
0970900252
be the star you are

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Celise Downs
Publisher
Gemini Mojo Press © 2004
ISBN
0975290711