I purchased a few Pete the Cat books along with some others my preschool-aged kiddos at home would enjoy. I already own many of the books on these shelves, since I'm a book addict and can't help myself when it comes to acquiring them. Anyway, after walking up and down the aisles, I spotted it! A new favorite called Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds. Ever read it?It's such an adorable story and can be a fitting message for recent graduates out there in the world. The message being individuality, creativity and thinking outside of the proverbial box will take you far in life. :)
Students participate in a "Going Places" contest. They are all given the same pre-made kit. The students' job is to create a vehicle to participate in the "Going Places" contest. Rafael, who loved to follow directions, followed the exact steps to create a go-cart.
Maya, on the other hand, used the same kit, but decided to create something different, since there were no specifications that the vehicle had to be a go-cart. After Rafael sees Maya's creation, they decide to work together with their kits to create something even better. Read to find out where creativity can lead you!
I happened to see a review of the book on FableVision that summed it up nicely: "Going Places, published by Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books, serves as a call to evolve our educational system from one that too often relies on prepackaged content and one-dimensional assessments to one that encourages critical thinking and creativity."
Thank you to 3AM Teacher for the colorful background clip art. Happy Reading and don't forget to link up with Andrea for Book Talk Thursday to share a book of your own!