- Taschenbuch: 72 Seiten
- Verlag: Hindsight Ltd (1. Juli 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1929031009
- ISBN-13: 978-1929031009
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 0,6 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.500.814 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Scramble! (Tales of the Raf, Band 1) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 1999
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Specifally written for boys who are reluctant readers!
My nine year old son hates to read. I would take him to libraries and bookstores and we would search the shelves for something he liked, usually in vain. After several months of coming up empty handed, I realized he wasn't reading at all. It may have just been a clever game on his part to avoid cracking a binding, but I must admit, I was disappointed in the limited amount of books available for 8-12 year old boys. One day, I told my son I would write something he would like. He loves vintage airplanes, and he loves to hear his grandfather tell stories about World War II. It didn't take long for me to see an opportunity.
I started writing stories about pilots and planes of WWII. At night I would have my son read through the couple paragraphs I had written. He really liked them. By chance, I showed the stories to his third grade teacher, Mary Parenteau. As every parent worries, I thought my son was the "only" kid at school struggling with his reading. She emphatically told me that third and fourth grade boys are the toughest kids, the most reluctant readers of all!
I asked Mary if she would help me by editing the text. I wanted to turn these stories into books for the rest of the reluctant readers out there, just like my son. She suggested adding a boy character the kids could identify with. After a long night of enjoyable rewriting, Harry Winslow was laced through the book. Set in World War II, Harry learns important life lessons in character from the brave pilots of the RAF squadron stationed near his home. Several days later I read what would become the book Scramble! to my son's class. They loved the action, the airplanes, and the lesson in friendship that is the real point of the story.
An aviation artist, Sonny Schug, is the illustraor. I asked Sonny to develop a "forties" style that the kids would find interesting in a "retro" way. Sonny dove in, and has illuminated the pages in a way that makes it hard for anyone to put the book down. There is a picture worth stopping to look at within any two pages of text. Although they add color and perspective to the story, the main purpose behind the illustrations is to provide interesting breaks for tired young eyes.
In order to provide some perspective on the period, I have added a section in the back that is historically acurate. The "In Hindsight" section describes the Battle of Britian in terms of the pilots who saved England from invasion. "Never before have so many owed so much to so few..." There is also a glossary to help with some of the terms and jargon used.
A former nine year old (my wife would argue the "former" part), I remember wanting chapter books with action and pictures that showed it happening. As a parent, I am happy that the books also provide a valuable lesson in character, specifcally friendship, loyalty and leadership. I believe it's not enough to just get kids reading anything. At this impressionable age, I want my son reading something that helps to reinforce the value of character.
Scramble! is the first of at least six "Tales of the RAF" books I am writing. The second book "Fighter Escort", a story where the pilots teach Harry a lesson in responsiblity, is also available on amazon.com.
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