Monday 6 July 2015

Being Fair: Citizenship

A book to help reinforce understanding of fair behaviour.

Book Details
Author: Cassie Mayer
Editorial: Cassie Mayer& Charlotte Guillain.
Illustrations: Mark Beech
Published by: Curious Fox/Capstone Global Library 2008
ISBN 978 1 1 782 02295 4

Book Description
Back of Book-‘How can you be fair? Read this book and find out! Books in this series introduce children to the character values that embody citizenship. In Being Fair, children view various situations that demonstrate the importance of being fair. Playful, engaging illustrations are used to reinforce understanding of the concepts.’  
As described in it’s blurb, this book shows children in various group settings acting in fair ways.
There are nine brightly illustrated examples of 'being fair’ and in the final pages the question 'How can you be fair?’ is asked. Following this is an 'Activity’ page which includes an illustration of a group of children and the question- 'How is this child being fair?’
Other books in the Citizenship series:
Being Honest
Being Responsible
Following Rules
Making Friends

My thoughts on this book:
A useful book for opening up discussions about social behaviour, personal responsibility and  self reflection. The messages are simple and the book talks directly to the child reader, pointing out how certain actions show  fair behaviour e.g. 'When you ask other children to join in…. you are being fair.’  Later, the book asks the child reader to think  about how they as readers can be fair, and to comment on a picture which demonstrates fairness.
Illustrations show children participating in typical activities such as waiting to take turns during hopscotch, giving others a go on the swings or sharing snacks. The pages show children in various community  settings, highlighting how fairness is an important characteristic in all parts of our lives.
Text is large and clear and each page spread gives one example or makes one point- a suitable page layout for younger children allowing them to absorb one idea at a time.

The book delivers a short reading time experience, however, it offers opportunities for further discussions about what it is to be fair. This is a lovely book to read at circle time and a handy classroom resource an a tool for exploring social thinking.

This series of books supports the Social Personal and Health Education Curriculum at the early years level.

Happy reading, Missus B

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