|What You Need to Know:
• This book is a great choice for reader just beginning the Reader Senior level.
• As it can be tough to find books for boys at this reading level, this is a good find.
• While there is minimal character development and descriptive language, the story is somewhat long so make sure
your reader isn’t intimidated by the length.
• Readers will find simple vocabulary, episodic chapters and a generous use of white space and illustrations.
• Monty’s asthma and how he handles it may be helpful to readers who are also living with this or similar challenges.
|Sweet Series Background:
Monty is a first grade boy facing some typical challenges for that age. He is unsure about himself and how he fits in among other children. The fact that he has asthma impacts how he feels and how he deals with most situations. Monty is a good choice for readers who are looking for something different – he’s not a sports star or a detective, a spy or an explorer, and he didn’t find any thing magical. He’s just a typical first grader dealing with life’s challenges.
|Sweet Book Summary:
Montgomery Gerald Morris, or “Monty” is an exceptional reader who loves books and magazines and also happens to have asthma. He participates in his first school play, goes to a friend’s birthday party and decides to try a new sport, karate. Throughout all these events, his asthma plays a part in how he feels and what he can do. He carries an inhaler, can’t have carpet in his room and can’t go into a house with dogs.
Monty is also a worrier. He worries about being in front of people in the school play, that he’ll ruin his friend’s outdoor party because of his allergies and that he won’t be as good as the other kids at karate. He tries to be brave, facing and even overcoming several of his fears. He realizes that his friends and family can help him get through tough situations and feels good about himself in the end.
|Author: Joanna Hurwitz Illustrator: Anik McGrory Published: 2008, 112 pages
Themes: Character/Values, Community, Feelings, Friendship, Life Challenges, Overcoming Fears, Sports, School