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Annotation: Explains what curiosity is, why it is important, and names people whose curiosity enabled them to do important things.
Catalog Number: #71716
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 24 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-448-89824-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-71883-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-448-89824-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-71883-8
Dewey: 153.8
LCCN: 2012030867
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
ANTILL, Sara . Gratitude . ISBN 978-1-4488-9681-3 ; ISBN 978-1-4488-9920-3 . LC 2012029012. ANTILL, Sara . Grit . ISBN 978-1-4488-9678-3 ; ISBN 978-1-4488-9917-3 . LC 2012024530. ANTILL, Sara . Optimism . ISBN 978-1-4488-9682-0 ; ISBN 978-1-4488-9921-0 . LC 2012030177. ANTILL, Sara . Self-Control . ISBN 978-1-4488-9679-0 ; ISBN 978-1-4488-9918-0 . LC 2012026916. ANTILL, Sara . Social Intelligence . ISBN 978-1-4488-9680-6 ; ISBN 978-1-4488-9919-7 . LC 2012028058. ANTILL, Sara . Zest . ISBN 978-1-4488-9677-6 ; ISBN 978-1-4488-9916-6 . LC 2012020307. ea vol: 24p. (Character Strength Series). glossary. index. photos. reprods. websites. Rosen / PowerKids Pr. 2013. lib. ed. $22.60; ebk. $22.60. Gr 3&11;4&12; Antill repeats key words quite a bit in these volumes, so much so that the repetition becomes grating. Had these books been designed for early readers, the reiteration might make sense, but the target older audience will be annoyed. An additional issue is that the conclusion to each title is used to tout the character traits highlighted in other texts, creating awkward and forced segues. The definitions and examples presented for self-control, zest, and grit are problematic. For instance, Antill implies equivalence between learning an instrument, even though it can be "boring," and Nelson Mandela's endurance of 27 years of prison by using both as examples of "grit." Rather than investing in the entire series, money is best spent on Gratitude, Curiosity, Optimism , and Social Intelligence . These volumes do the best at countering overlaps in content and repetitive wording with interesting, relevant celebrity profiles and helpful advice.
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School Library Journal
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 3-6

Curiosity is a love of learning, and is found in history's greatest scientists and thinkers, from Benjamin Franklin to Marie Curie, to Apple's Steve Jobs. Students will learn how curiosity fuels motivation and is reinforced by traits such as zest and grit. They will also explore other ways to foster a sense of curiosity in both their schoolwork and in their extracurricular lives.

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