Book Reviews: Ed's Journal - Sportsmanship by Jordan Crowlcategories: Book, Childrens Book, Elementary School, Home Schooling, Character Building, Elementary Education, Teachers, Child Education, Learning Books, Books For Kids, Children Values, Moral Reasoning, Character Education
Jordan Crowlabout this book: The book is part of a series of books and Sportsmanship is book 07. With a new girl at school named Katie starts giving Jade a hard time at the final out of the kickball game during recess. We find them both arguing over that final out. Ed, Corey and Jade find themselves in a situation that every kid finds themselves in. It comes down to you chosen the right path so Ed, Corey and Jade can have great Sportsmanship. Choose the right path to help them be great sports.
• What inspired you to write this book?
I was in a meeting with the board of education and they talked about Character Education and how to promote the words to the schools. What they suggested didn't make any since to me. So from that meeting many years ago I was inspired to help children build better character and do the right thing.
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
My primary readers are children from ages 7-12.
• How long did it take to write it?
It takes me about a month to write everything and another 2 months to illustrate the books.
• How did you come up with the title?
Titles are based off the Character Education words, so coming up with titles are pretty easy.
• Why did you choose this cover?
The cover needed to have the conflict between the two characters Jade and Katie. Those two are the main focal points for this story.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
This book actually came pretty easy. Growing up we played Kickball during recess and almost every day outs always seemed to have some type of argument.
• Did you do research for your book?
I take about a week to research for every book I write. This helps me make it easier when I'm writing the final three paths for the endings of the books.
• What did that involve?
Really doesn't involve much when the character words are blasted all over the internet. However I do look in the bible for the words as well. Because each character word used in the Education System is a character word in the bible.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
You can never stop learning and as each book is completed there is always something I can take from them. For Book #7 called Sportsmanship I would say what I learned was not allowing others to control your emotions.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
They can be bought on Amazon, Barnes and Noble's website and on Ed's Journal. Each book is a life lesson for your kids to enjoy and learn from. There are 7 books out right now. I am sure after you buy one copy you will be back for the rest. Everyone can always use a little more character.
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Great book on building characterFrom a parent and former teacher perspective, this is a great book to help guide discussions on building childrens' character. I liked the idea that there were different options for the kids to discuss and although they knew the "best" option, we enjoyed talking about what would happen if they didn't choose a positive outcome. It was interesting to hear why they thought the other options were not good choices. I am looking forward to seeing different volumes of this series and seeing how Ed evolves. [by Barbara Fortin]
What a great ideaWhat a great idea to have "Ed" write and draw in his own journal about character words! The different paths at the end of the books are great. It gives kids a learning tool to see what happens if they choose the wrong path. This format is perfect for kids in elementary school. I hope we see more of these journals. They would be great to use in the classroom to reinforce character words of the week, month, etc. [by Connie Lane]
Finally something my child enjoys to readEd's Journal is honesty the best Interactive learning tool out there. My daughter loved the characters Jade and Katie and attached to them very quickly. This book was very entertaining for her and keep her interested in the lesson. I highly recommend this book without question. My child is already bothering about getting the other books in the series. Thank you Ed's Journal for the great book and looking forward to the other books in the series.
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