|Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School
|What You Need to Know:
• Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School is the perfect read aloud as the school year begins, although it is relevant
any time of the year.
• If your child has ever felt like they haven't fit in, this story will resonate.
• This is a great book to share with your child to introduce a conversation about his/her feelings about friendships
|Sweet Book Summary:
Marshall Armstrong is new and he is quite different than the other children in the class. His doctor doesn't let him play gym. He eats space food. And his watch doesn't even have any hands!
"Marshall Armstrong always wears a hat outside- it's because of the ozone layer. He tends to stay in the shade."
When Marshall has his birthday party the other children attend - reluctantly. They are sure there will be no fancy cake. They will probably have to sit next to him the whole time and they will definitely have a terrible time. But then, something surprising happens! Marshall's house is a load of fun. The kids get to run around...inside! They can play hide and seek all over the house. They build a tent and Marshall plays the piano - on the piano that his dad built himself! The lesson is so well learned, that when Elizabeth Bell - new student extraordinaire shows up the next day - all the children (especially Marshall) know how to make her feel welcome.
Author Dave Mackintosh does a masterful job of helping children relate to the new kid, in this charming story. He tells an honest story, without sugar coating anything for the kids, and still manages to come to an honest and heartwarming conclusion. It's books like these that kids relate to best. Kids don't need to be hit over the head with "lessons". We need to trust them more and tell honest and entertaining stories, exactly like Mackintosh has done. Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School is perfect for the beginning of the school year!
|Author: David Mackintosh Illustrator: David Mackintosh Published: 2011, 32 pages
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations, Humor, School, Individuality, Self-Awareness/Discovery
|Sweet Discussion Questions:
• What do you think about Marshall? Do you like Marshall? Why/why not?
• This story was told from the perspective of Marshall's classmate. How do you think Marshall was feeling as the new
• How do you feel about starting school?
• What are you looking forward to most this year at school? What aren't you looking forward to?
• Have you ever been the new kid at school? Was that hard? How did you cope?
• Have you ever had a new student start in your class? Did you help them get settled and feel comfortable? How?
|This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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