The Great Compromise

Author: Julia Cook
Illustrator: Kyle Merriman
Publisher: Boys Town Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-944882-44-0
Pages: 32
Price: $10.95

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Cora June is having a very bad day. She wants to make spaghetti for Fantastic Flavor Feast, but her partner, Wilson wants to make tacos. She wants the class to take their field trip to the zoo, but they voted along with Wilson to see the state capitol instead. She wants to play dodge ball at recess, but Wilson wants the class to play soccer. These two children have very definite ideas of what they want, and neither one is willing to give in.

Finally, as they bicker over blue and red ice pops, their teacher steps in. It’s time for both of them to learn how to compromise. She explains how they should have handled each of the situations they found themselves in that day in a mature and respectful way. But she also reminds them that they should never compromise if it will place them in a harmful or dangerous situation.

The Great Compromise would be a great tool for home and classroom, showing kids how to handle situations when they won’t be able to get their own way. A guide for parents and educators provides additional tips.

Reviewer: Alice Berger