I try to encourage my children to have a few books on hand for summer reading. I know they have an assigned summer reading list (including those classic great literature stories kids always complain about), but I try to encourage them to read at least one book for pleasure. This year I suggested When Life Gives You OJ by Erica S. Perl.
When I first read the description and saw it contained messages about friendship, family, and bullying, I thought, “Oh, no. Another book trying to hard to teach kids a message. Probably stuffy and pretentious. Instead I was captivated from the first page when Zelly woke up to find a note from her Grandpa. Zelly, having tried everything she can think of to convince her parents she needs a dog, receives help from her Grandpa. Not in the conventional way, of course. She receives an orange juice jug to use as a “Practice Dog.”
Imagine her embarrassment and disgust as she is required to take OJ wherever she goes. Along the way she learns who her true friends are and more about herself. The story brings gentle lessons on fitting in, growing up and excepting responsibility, and life in general. The messages are there but overtly and combined with laugh out loud humor. Kids will ask for their parents to pass the OJ with this book.
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