Boo Who? – Book Review

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From the Cover of Boo Who? by Ben Clanton:

“Boo is new — and it can be scary being new, especially for a shy ghost who can’t play any of the other kids’ games. Can Boo find a way to fit in and make friends with the rest of the group?

From the creator of Rex Wrecks It! comes a story about feeling invisible — and finding a way to be seen and appreciated for who you are.”


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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]


What Our Family Thought:

The target audience for this book appears to be the general public – specifically children in elementary school or approximately 4 to 10 years of age. Transfiguring Adoption was interested in this book as not only does it provide a fun tale that one might read around Halloween but it discusses feelings a child might have when they are the new student at a school. Naturally, being the new student at school is a common situation amongst foster and/or adoptive children.

The illustrations in the book seem to be very imaginative and animated. The colorful drawings have strong lines and a stylistic 2-D quality. The characters represented in the images are not human but imaginary characters of various sizes, colors, and genders which make this a good book for families with multiple races. The images do well to move the emotions and feelings of the story and seem to appeal to the lower age demographic which we mentioned above.

The story centers around a little ghost named Boo who is new to an area. The images suggest the characters are on a school playground but we are never told if Boo is new to a whole city or area or is Boo simply attending a new school – this generality makes the tale applicable to more children. Boo is having to deal with his insecurities and fears of making new friends and trying to fit in.

The story portrays the other characters in the book as being friendly and actually wanting to include Boo in their group. The tale proceeds to show how the characters interact with each other attempting to help Boo to fit in with their group.

While this book does not directly speak to foster or adoptive families, it would appear to be a great tale to generate healthy conversations about beginning a new school with a younger child. Transfiguring Adoption appreciates that this story’s plot circles around the issue of helping Boo to deal with his insecurities instead of creating an opposing character who acts as a bully or angry character. This will help caregivers focus their attention talking about a child’s fears and enforce the idea that other children at school will most likely be kind and friendly people.

Overall, Boo Who? seems to be a delightful tale which might be a quick read with your child but will provide long-lasting and healthy conversations with your child.


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It’s Your Turn:

  1. How can you see that the other children were friendly?
  2. Why was Boo scared? Why is being new scary?
  3. Which game was Boo the best at?
  4. Were all the kids good at all the games?
  5. What would you feel like if you were new?
  6. What good questions to ask people when you’re meeting someone new?

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Callum Kindly And The Very Weird Child – Book Review

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From the Cover of Callum Kindly And The Very Weird Child by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

“Callum Kindly is a kind and caring boy who lives alone with his mum. That is, until Katie Careful comes to stay with them. Callum thinks Katie is a very weird child!

Katie manages to get in the way whenever Callum wants to speak to his mum or have snuggle time. She cries and sulks on his birthday and she steal his toy car. Luckily, hi mum can explain to him how Katie’s difficulties when she was growing up means she acts differently now.”

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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

The target audience for this book appears to be for foster families and written for kids ages 3- 10. While many tales from this series are told from the point of view of a foster child, this story is told from the point of view of a biological child welcoming a foster child into the family. Thus, this book appears to be a good fit for families with children who will be experiencing the changes and challenges that go along with welcoming a new foster child into the home. We appreciated that the family portrayed is a culturally mixed family unit with a single mother of color, her biological son, and a young caucasian foster daughter.

The illustrations in this book are adequate for communicating the concepts and ideas – the book notes that the illustrations have been deliberately left simple to help children focus on the story. The pictures should keep your child engaged throughout the story.

As was mentioned above the tale centers on the life of Callum Kindly as he experiences challenges and changes to his single parent home when the family welcomes a foster daughter. The story will be very true to the emotions and events of many children as Callum’s excitement for welcoming a child quickly turns to frustration. Callum experiences a prized toy being taken without permission and broken. Callum also seems unable to get personal time with his mother as the new foster daughter doesn’t seem to allow him to spend time alone with mom.

Transfiguring Adoption appreciates that this book, as the others in the series, contains a message to parents at the end of the book. The message effectively and simply teaching you, the caregiver, how the story illustrates various needs and emotions in the story. More importantly you are told how to significantly impact your biological, foster and/or adoptive child’s life in situations similar to the story.

Transfiguring Adoption overall finds this book very applicable and fun for a foster or adoptive family. It will surely create an atmosphere where your children can talk about their emotions and thoughts effectively with you, the parent.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. Why do you think Callum wanted to help a foster child?
  2. Why do you think Katie took Callum’s new birthday present?
  3. Why do you think Katie broke Callum’s car?
  4. What do you think makes Callum feel better in the story?
  5. Are you ever angry or sad toward a new child in the home? When?

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How To Choose A Tutor For Your Child

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Guest Blog by TutorDoctor.com

At the start of a new school year, it’s all too easy to fret and worry about your child’s academic
success. The good news is, you and your child don’t need to face these worries alone. A skilled
tutor can really help a student develop new skills and abilities they never knew they had. In fact,
a tutor can make a world of difference in a young person’s life. Choosing a tutor, however, can
be challenging, so here are a few tips that might help.

Does my child really need a tutor?

It can be difficult to acknowledge your young person’s academic weaknesses, but it really
shouldn’t be. Every human being has weaknesses (as well as strengths). In fact, be glad, because
identifying areas that need help is the first step in overcoming those areas. In truth, however, a
smart parent doesn’t just hire a tutor to boost grades in problem classes. A good tutor has the
skills and experience to help your learner in countless ways. The goal should always be about far
more than boosting grades — it should be about helping your child find excellence in school and
in life. A good tutor can help you make that happen.

How can a tutor help my child?

Struggles in school can set up an awful cycle. A learner feels disappointed, then starts to feel
increased stress, then starts to lose confidence, then starts to decline academically, and round it
goes. A good tutor can help break that cycle. Not only can problem areas be addressed, but the
student can learn to cope more effectively with obstacles. Breaking the chain of insecurity and
shame can empower a young learner tremendously, equipping them for lifelong success.
What’s more, a dedicated tutor offers much more than academic know-how — ideally they will
not just help your student learn specific subjects, but learn about how to excel in school. This
includes study tips, lifestyle changes, organizational improvements and more.

What if my child has an exceptionality?

A huge percentage of young people have learning exceptionalities such as ADHD, dyslexia and
so on. Happily, society is gradually abandoning the stigma associated with these challenges.
Even better, a growing body of knowledge can equip parents and students alike with the
information they need to find a path to educational excellence no matter what issues they may
have.
Good tutors have a full understanding of every exceptionality under the sun, and can offer coping
strategies and study skills that will not only get them through school but achieve inspiring and
amazing feats of academic excellence.

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What exactly should I look for in a tutor?

It’s important to be a bit choosy. Sometimes a high schooler with skill in a needed subject area
will get the job done. But for the best outcomes possible, it’s important to find a tutor who has a
great many skills that go beyond academic subject areas. The best tutor is someone who
understands all the complex and overlapping aspects of student life and can help your learner
improve not just in one subject area but help them develop as a person. This requires skills,
training and experience.

How important is a tutor’s personality?

Don’t underestimate personality. At Tutor Doctor, we employ a tutor matching system that helps
connect students with a tutor who is the best fit possible. It’s critically important for student and
tutor to connect. This helps the student relax, de-stress and concentrate. Good tutoring is a
collaborative effort, and that means everyone involved will have to work as a team — not just
student and tutor but parents and teachers as well.

The most important characteristic is heart. An experienced tutor understands just how much a
young person can be transformed with the right sort of help. Imagine an adult thinking back to
their school days and pondering the many things they wish they’d known back then. Well, a
good tutor will give your student all the tools and knowledge they might otherwise miss.

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The company hires tutors that are accustomed
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