Sunday, July 15, 2012

Children's Corner: Neville

 This is a wonderful story about a little boy in the middle of moving. We join the story just as the moving truck is pulling away.  The boy's worried about going to school and making new friends, and his mother suggest taking a walk around the block.  He's dubious that this will help him make friends, but then he has an idea. He starts hollering for Neville. Soon all the kids in the neighborhood are helping him look for Neville.

It's a cute story about making new friends and finding your own way.  I adore the creative and humorous treatment of a serious subject.  I'll be giving a copy of this to my best friend who's son is concerned about their upcoming move.  However, even if you don't have an impending move, the lesson can certainly be applied to any anxiety causing new situation.  I will certainly seek out more works from Norton Juster.



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