March 7, 2013

Children's Literature: Ambition's Not an Awful Word

Screen shot 2013-03-07 at 2.50.23 PM.pngAmbition's Not An Awful Word by Zack Zage is a cute book, but I have to take offense with the title's improper use of the apostrophe "s". This is not a proper contraction, and it is not a possessive. I feel proper writing should always be modeled for children, and this is a children's book. I also find the font difficult to read. That being said...

When Mrs. Grundy asks the students in her fourth grade class what they want to be when they grow up, Zack Zage goes all out. To his dismay, his precocious dreams are met with less than glowing enthusiasm. Children will love this story about an ambitious little kid with big dreams. AMBITION'S NOT AN AWFUL WORD will have you and your kids howling. The illustrations by Adam Watkins are fabulous. And, the glossary is unforgettably funny. It is a gift to all the parents who have struggled to stay awake while reading a bedtime story to the kids. Ambition is one of the most important traits you can encourage in a child. It is the beginning of everything they will accomplish in life. This very humorous story will make it clear how important it is to encourage children to explore their futures. What do Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They were all normal kids with big ambitions. While their level of success is not guaranteed in life, it is virtually impossible without loads of encouragement. AMBITION'S NOT AN AWFUL WORD should be required reading, not just for every child, but for every parent, boss, teacher, and mentor of any stripe. If the parents of Bill or Steve had insisted on an accounting degree or dental school, I would be writing this synopsis on a typewriter. ZACKZAGEOUS - An overwhelming desire to learn, to excel, and to achieve. It takes root during childhood. It is nourished by a parent, teacher, or mentor as well as exposure to the book, AMBITION'S NOT AN AWFUL WORD. Dream it! Believe it! Work hard for it! Achieve it!

I agree the illustrations are excellent, and ambition is definitely something we want to encourage in our children and ourselves. 

The glossary is probably the best part of the book! For example, the definition of "forgotten lore" is "All of the history, knowledge, and beliefs that are no longer remembered. There is a lot of forgotten lore on high school and college campuses."

This book is printed in the US, but unfortunately there is no information on the book jacket or website about green paper or printing processes.

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