Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week

Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week
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March 01, 2012
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At last, it's Jasper John Dooley's turn to be Star of the Week at school. Unfortunately, nothing turns out as planned. His Show and Tell falls flat. A new baby at his friend Ori's house steals his spotlight. And worst of all, the new baby has only-child Jasper wondering if his own family is too small. When Jasper decides to build himself a brother (named Earl) out of wood, Earl's schoolyard shenanigans send Jasper to the principal's office! But with a little help from family and friends, things turn around for Jasper. And by the time Friday arrives, he is once again sure that he has what it takes to be a star. Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week is the first in a series of chapter books featuring a charismatic and funny central character. An only child with active, loving parents (and a most impressive lint collection), Jasper John Dooley is a true original.

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Jasper John Dooley can't wait to be the Star of the Week at school. He gets to star in a different activity every day! But things don't go as Jasper planned. Other kids don't understand his hobbies and he even gets sent to the principal's office. Plus, his best friend's mother has a new baby, and Jasper begins wondering if his family is too small. But things turn around for Jasper, he learns he can be confident in his unique abilities and hobbies, and his family supports him and loves him just as he is.

This is an adventure chock full of humor and heart. Jasper is immediately loveable, quirks and all. His parents clearly love him the way he is. And even though being Star of the Week didn't work out exactly as he planned it, he learns he can shine bright every day (Star badge pinned to his shirt or not) as long as he remembers to show others his heart. As a mother of boys, I especially love that Jasper sounds like a boy and thinks like a boy. I highly recommend this book.
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loving family
excellent lesson
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