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“Now Gwen knew that good sports win every time, no matter what the score is.” –Good Sport Gwen
Good Sport Gwen
Hopscotch Hill School
by Valerie Tripp
Three cheers for Gwen, sports star! She’s the fastest runner, the highest kicker, and the top-scoring champion of the soccer team. But when her spelling bee team slides into a losing streak, Gwen learns that good sports are the most winning players of all.
While playing soccer, Gwen works with her teammates so they can win the game. After the game, the girls praise each other and work together. But during the spelling bee, not all of Gwen’s teammates are paying attention, which makes Gwen angry, so she says, “Our blue team stinks!” Her teammates are shocked at Gwen’s outburst. But then Gwen comes up with a creative solution—her spelling team can practice spelling while playing soccer.
When she gets angry, Miss Sparks talks to Gwen about her bad behavior, which makes Gwen think about her behavior. While Gwen and the blue team never win a spelling bee, Gwen learned that “good sports win every time, no matter what the score is.” The story highlights the importance of encouraging each other in every situation. Even though the story revolves around the spelling bees, there is enough action to keep readers interested in the story.
Readers who are beginning to read independently will appreciate the easy vocabulary. Most paragraphs are one simple sentence. Large, colorful illustrations appear on almost every page, which helps the readers understand the plot and the characters’ emotions. Good Sport Gwen uses a relatable conflict to teach the importance of being a good sport, even when you lose. The book includes “Dear Parent” activities at the end that were created by teachers and child specialists to help you nurture your child’s skills, boost their self-confidence, and encourage a lifelong love for learning.
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