Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Freddie the Fly: Connect the Dots: A Story about Learning to Read Social Cues ~ Book Review


Title: Freddie the Fly: Connecting the Dots
ISBN:  978-1-944882-25-9
 Author: Kimberly Delude| Illustrator: Brian Martin
Price: $10.95 Paperback
32 pages | Grades: Pre-school -2
Genre: Children’s Literature
Available: Boys Town Press | Amazon

Freddie returns with quite the conundrum! He keeps missing social cues, so he misunderstands what people mean, and then he finds himself in a mess. He just doesn't get that there's a lot more to communication than the words that people say. Fortunately for our favorite fly, he has his dad and Principal Roachford available to teach him about connecting the communication dots, including voice tone, facial expressions, and body language.


THOUGHTS

Freddy the Fly: Connecting the Dots, is a fun children’s Fable that uses wildly-entertaining illustrations along with a charming story, to help kids “connect the dots” while in social situations. Sometimes, adults and other kids say things they don’t necessarily mean. When this happens, there are usually other cues that are missed out on. If someone says, “Fine, just do your chores whenever you want.” But as they say it, they throw up their arms and roll their eyes, a child might not understand that the real meaning is; “You need to do your chores right away”. This is the “connecting the dots” that the book is talking about. When a child fails to connect the dots, it is often mistaken as disobedience, and the child is punished. 

Our hero Freddy is a fly-child who gets in trouble three times through the beginning of the story. He doesn’t understand his mother, bus driver, or the lunch lady when they are sarcastic. He takes them literally and continues to be disobedient, without truly understanding that his behavior is bad. After being sent to the office in school, the principle recognizes that Freddy has an issue with communication and gives him some much-needed advice. He tells him to listen to the sound of the voice, not necessarily the words themselves. He tells Freddy to watch the body language of others as they talk. He also tells Freddy to pay attention to how the other person’s face looks as they are talking. Through these three steps, Freddy is able to do a much better job when communicating with others. 

He does make another mistake but recognizes the mistake when his father steps into the room. His dad explains that there will always be mistakes to learn from, then shares a story of his own with Freddy about how he messed up himself, just the other day. Even adults can make mistakes when communicating, and that is okay. As long as we work on improving our communication skills, we can learn from our past experiences to make our future experiences better. That is the underlying message of this Freddy the Fly book, and that is a good message. After all, better communication is better for everyone involved. 


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1 comment:

  1. This looks like a cute book. This would be great for my grandson.

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