TJ and his friends are in class, and supposed to be learning about Black History Month, but they are goofing off instead. He learns an important Lesson in Listening when a pop quiz catches him by surprise, and learns that there is a time and place for everything.
Lorraine Rogers tells a simple story about the importance of listening, and teaches a little bit about Black History Month along the way. I would have liked to see a little more interaction between the characters, particularly TJs other friends, and his talk with his Dad. It was great to see a story where the father was in the picture though, and if your child is getting ready for school it creates a good opportunity to talk about the behavior that is expected in class.
- Expand on the book by talking about what TJ is feeling and thinking on each page, and whether he is making a good choice or a bad choice.
- See the discussion questions in the back of the book.
Activities for Kids:
- Help your child write their own surprise test about the book, and then play the teacher and give you or another adult the test.
- Go to your local library and see what else you can learn about Martin Luther King Jr.
- Make a sign about listening. Title the top of the sign "It is important to listen when..." Then help your child make a list of times when it is important to listen. Have your child color illustrations, or look through magazines and cut out examples to glue to your paper. Hang it up where you can both see it as a reminder when needed.
Children's Book Review Rating: 4 Stars*