11.16.2012

PPBF: Good News Nelson

Good news! My headliner for today's PPBF is a retro tale about a little paper boy who makes a big difference.

Title: Good News Nelson
Author: Jodi Moore
Illustrator: Brendan Flannelly-King
Publisher: Story Pie Press
Date: December 4, 2012
Suitable for ages: 4 and up
Themes: attitude, problem solving, service learning
Brief Synopsis: In an attempt to show Mrs. Snodberry that people do care, paper boy Nelson finds out that sometimes it's not enough just to deliver the news. 

Opening page:  When Nelson delivers newspapers, he always called, "Good morning!" to his neighbors. "What's the good news, Nelson?" they reply.

Links to Resources:

Service Learning Activity Ideas in the Character Educator {here}
The Storytellers Scroll Blog Book Review {here}
Pre-order Your Copy at Story Pie Press {here}
Visit the Author's Website {here}

Why I like this book:  First of all, it's a good-news tale about a little boy who cares. Really cares! Not caring as in a nice, warm feeling you have about someone, but caring as in thinking with your heart and actually doing something about it! Nelson reads an article that he sees has upset one of his less-than-friendly patrons and he decides to take action. And while he cannot solve the problem entirely, Nelson finds he paws-itively can be part of the solution. So empowering for young people to know that they can, indeed, be the change they want to see. 

Another reason that I like this book is that 30% of the proceeds will be going to support the The Humane Society of the United States. Isn't that the cat's meow? Check out this book; you'll be purrfectly pleased that you did.

For a complete list of books with resources, click {here}.


16 comments:

  1. I'm so happy you reviewed this book. I'm looking forward to its release. I have seen it and can't wait to read it. We need more books like this about kids seeing a problem and taking action because they want to help!

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    1. Oh, Pat - you are SO right. This one's a keeper; I'm glad you've already had your eye on it!

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  2. This looks like a cool book. I love the cover with Nelson leading the animals. Cute!

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    1. Yep, Nelson is AdOrAbLe and the cover does foreshadow a smidge.

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  3. Yay for the percentage of proceeds that go to the Humane Society. This sounds wonderful. Did you get an ARC, as I see it isn't out until December?

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    1. Hi Joanna - does ARC mean Advance Review Copy? I guess that's what I got; I interviewed Jodi Moore after her Dragon book came out and she was kind enough to share Nelson a little bit before we could buy it. And that's Good News!

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  4. What a lovely book. I think it's great that proceeds go to the Humane Society. Kids need to learn to really care and not just do for the sake of doing.

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    1. I agree, Catherine - Love that it champions a cause! Thanks for stopping by the Corner.

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  5. We used to yell out to the paper boy,"Gosh, Josh, what's new!" Love the cats following him on the cover.

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    1. What a FUN memory . . . we were rural so we didn't have a paper boy but I remember with great fondness being on vacation and helping a cousin in IL with his paper route once.

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  6. I really like the cover of this book with the jaunty little paper boy and the cats following. Are there still any paper boys around? I don't know. But I think I might like to read this book about one. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    1. Oh, Rhythm, I thought you might like this one - I wrote the word PAWS-itively with you in mind. And I LOVE the word Jaunty to describe Nelson!! I love it when you stop by!

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  7. This book sounds great, Barbara, and since you teased us so, I'm totally dying to read it to find out what happens! :) I'm always glad to add a book about caring and considerateness and thinking about others - and how appropriate at Thanksgiving :)

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  8. I can always count on you to add to my list of books that I must own. Thank you Barbara.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  9. I loved What a Dragon Moves In and have been looking forward to this one. Thanks for the advance review!

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  10. A book about good news and a kid solving a problem...that's what I want to read, Barbara! Thanks for sharing such a NEW book...wonderful review that will make everyone want to get a copy. :)

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