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Sep 11 2013

The playground problem by Sally Rippin

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Hey Jack series. Hardie Grant Egmont, 2013. ISBN 9781742975436.
The Hey Jack series is a collection of short novels aimed at boys aged 7+. The text is large and easy to read with quick moving stories incorporating a different moral or problem faced by school aged children. They are also good for older boys with a low reading level as they look like a novel rather than a picture book. The main character is Jack and he is faced with a problem. Jack's best friend, Billie, is away and he has no one to play with. Who knew he could have a fun day by taking a chance and talking to Alex, another boy in his class. The Playground Problem is a short story about mixed feelings over who Jack should play with. If he plays with Alex, Billie will be upset and if he plays with Billie then Alex is upset! If he works out what they all have in common then the problem is solved. This is a common problem faced by many children and would be a great discussion topic in Child Protection as it is a short and quick read.
Kylie Kempster

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