¡Bien hecho, Ajay!
Stuart J. Murphy, author
Stuart, a visual learning specialist and the author of the award-winning MathStart series (HarperCollins). He has also served as an author and consultant on a number of major educational programs. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Stuart and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston, Massachusetts, near their children and three grandchildren, Jack, Madeleine, and Camille.
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Murphy's promising (if utilitarian) new series, I See I Learn, uses the concept of visual learning to help reinforce social, emotional, cognitive and health and safety skills. . . . In Good Job, Ajay! (ISBN: 978-1-58089-454-8; PBK: 978-1-58089-455-5), readers build their confidence alongside Ajay, who is working on learning how to throw a ball better. His friends help him by recalling other times when he was successful at difficult tasks. . . . Key words are bolded within the text, while the concepts are illustrated using insets and diagrams. Jones's bright illustrations feature a cast of anthropomorphized cartoon animals. Backmatter includes a list of follow-up questions and activities.
Kutztown University Spring Book Review, March 2012
Giving a child confidence is key at a young age and having them read this book will show them that they can do anything with a little bit of practice. Ajay can't throw a ball very far though he loves to play. His older sister Meera can throw it far and his friends can throw a ball but he can't; it just plops down at his feet when he tries. His friends come to his aid and show him how he was afraid to talk to his teacher but one day he went up and kept talking. His sister says he can do it and to throw it far. Ajay winds back and throws the ball far and everyone cheers. It's a great little story any child would love to read. –Rebecca Livsey, Student, Kutztown University
Helping launch the I See I Learn series, this affirming book from Murphy (the MathStart series) stars Ajay, an anthropomorphized horselike animal, as he struggles with self-confidence. When he can't throw a ball far, his friends remind him about other obstacles he's overcome, like shyness and learning to swim. The digital cartoon graphics look fresh, while appended questions encourage further reflection on confidence, without feeling heavy-handed. Also available: Emma's Friendwich; Freda Plans a Picnic; and Percy Plays it Safe.
English Language Edition
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-58089-454-8
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-58089-455-5
Page count: 32
8 x 6 3/4