How many parents have heard the dreaded "I'm bored!" from their children at least once? It a world full of stuff, it can be easy to overlook what is right around us. Rather than scold or lecture, Justin's dad comes up with a plan that ends up making this day one of the best ever.
There are so many things I love about "On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!" by Alva Sachs , that it is hard to know where to start. A book that shows kids and their dads together in a positive way is such a treat. A beautifully bound hardcover with stunning illustrations by Patricia Krebs, this book will last for a long time. Definitely one of those you get and keep around for the grandkids someday.
Book for Children Ages: 4 years old and older
Family Reading Time: The themes of this book are great for older kids too. It makes a great story for older siblings to read to younger ones.
- What are some of your favorite things to do on the weekend? With friends?
- Justin and his friends had a lot of fun fixing up their skateboards, but what are some other good reasons to fix things rather than throw them away?
- What can we learn about being a good friend from this story?
- What are some of your favorite memories with your dad?
Activities for Kids:
- Find something that is old or worn out around the house. What could you do to fix it up and make it useful again?
- Go to the park and have races with friends, on a skateboard, bike, or just running. What kind of silly races can you think of (racing while you waddle like a duck, or racing while carrying a bucket of water for example).
- Make sandwiches and let your kids do the work. While cutting with a sharp knife is not safe for kids, spreading on jam, peanut butter, hummus, or other spreads, or putting on pickle slices or raisins is safe and fun. It may be a little messy, but prepare ahead of time for the mess and know that your kids are learning critical practical living skills. Of course, just like in the book, everyone should help clean up afterwards too. See how creative you can get with your sandwiches. Try different inventive toppings, use cookie cutters to cut the bread into shapes, or draw smiley faces and pictures with the condiments. Lunch time can turn into a whole afternoon of fun and foodie crafting.
- You can also find other activities such as a word search on the authors' website.
Cultural Diversity: One of the things I loved about this book was the diversity. Marcus, Mario, and Justin are all different ethnic background, heights, and weights, and they are all best friends too. A wonderful example of a multicultural book that encourages inclusion and friendship.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book*