Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Book Review - A Big Decision
About the Book
Jake, a smart, very responsible fifth grader, was surrounded by a houseful of adoring pets. Taking meticulous care of them was his favorite hobby. The pets included an affectionate golden retriever; an energetic hamster; a sly cat; an opinionated parakeet; three nosy goldfish; a mischievous rabbit; and two sleepy turtles. Jake was understanding, gentle, and encouraging. His special attention kept each pet healthy and strong. Each pet knew that it wouldn't be forgotten or ignored. Jake couldn't wait to become ten years old. Why? Because he passionately wanted to attend an outstanding summer camp in Arizona that required each camper to be at least ten years of age. Jake and his best friend, Drew, had long planned to attend the camp together for the month of June. The camp offered a wide variety of hands-on experiences from milking cows, helping with the birthing of baby animals, feeding animals, collecting eggs, picking fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as building a bird sanctuary and riding horses. This exciting summer camp experience would greatly enrich Jake's knowledge and skills. Because of Jake's exceptional devotion to his pets, several close friends independently approached him asking if he would take care of their pets in June while they traveled with their families. Jake was deeply committed to going to camp. Now, he had to make "the big decision" Would he give up his summer plans to stay home and look after his friends' pets? Would he choose to help others instead of pursuing his own pleasure? Jake makes his decision. Read how Jake's generosity and kindness were rewarded.
My Take on the Book
Kenneth Ian Segel has written a story for children. The story involves a 10 year old boy named Jake and his love for animals. This love is evident through the number of pets he has and his loving care for his pets. Everyone recognizes how responsible Jake is and asks him to "pet sit". He makes the decision to "pet sit" rather than attend an animal camp . Jake is rewarded for his unselfish behavior by his parents who promise him a trip to another animal farm out west.
If your child has a pet, this could be just the story to inspire him or her to take their job caring for their pet seriously.
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