A Morning Walk

We are having another summer like day this morning in the midwest. Honestly, with temperatures in the upper 80’s in mid-September, I am more than ready to have it cool down, at least a little bit.

Since I’ve not been good about my quest for regular exercise, I contemplated going to the YMCA. But, it was sooooo sunny and beautiful, I decided I would take a walk outside as opposed to trucking a way on a treadmill.

I have to choose a children’s book character, less than 21 years of age, on whom to write about for my Advanced Ed Psych Course (the last course for my degree).  Since I am a huge fan of children’s literature, I immediately started brain brainstorming who I could pick. Here is what I immediately came up with:

  • Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series. Most probably I would use her character from the first book, The Sorcerer’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
  • Brian Robeson from Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  • Omri from Lynne Reid Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard
  • William, from The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
  • Nick Allen in Frindle, by Andrew Clements

Since, I have to summarize the story very briefly, I started re-reading Hatchet, since it had been awhile since I had read that book.  But, by the time I had reached chapter six, earlier this morning, I wasn’t sure whether his character would fit the assignment.  So, part of my reason for going to the library was to pick up a copy of Frindle. In recent years, I cleaned out many of my boys books. I can see that maybe my cleaning efforts were too thorough!  We had Frindle. Now, we don’t. Did I value Hatchet more than Frindle? I’m not sure that’s why I kept it. I think I kept Hatchet because my mom had given to our oldest son from her classroom, and we all read it. All three of my boys, my husband and myself, all read Hatchet. It’s a memorable story, especially for boys.

Anyway, my walk to the library was pleasant. Frindle was checked out by someone else, already. So, I proceeded to look around. Since I walked, I could only carry some lightweight books in my rucksack  on the way home. So, I settled on three picture books that I might use in some presentations I have this week. And, homeward bound I travelled.

When I set out I thought I’d proceed to the convenience store where I am allowing myself a hot latte a couple of times a week. It’s only 140 calories, since I do not put in any flavorings or syrup and one way to get some dairy products into me. But, it had already gotten hot. And, I made the bad choice of wearing black!  So, I turned around and set out for home. Along the walk I enjoyed the drying fall flowers, sounds of crickets, bright blue, sunny skies, and the feeling of my books in my bag. It was a 2.0 mile round trip. I had my exercise!

When I look at the above list of characters on which I could write about from the standpoint of educational psychology, I notice something interesting. Firstly, all of the characters have active imaginations and are creative. Secondly,  they are all smart, but most of them are not smart in the traditional sense. Yes, I think I could use any one of them for my assignment!

On another note, if you have upper elementary students who want a great story – I would highly recommend any/all of these books!


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