Spotty & Eddie Learn To Compromise
Lisa M. Califoux
So the self-published author has a book that has been spared real critical analysis, and is sometimes “edited” by a firm that is not particularly interested in a superior book. There is also the problem of distribution if the book is only available online, as many school boards and libraries have to buy through accredited bookstores.
All that being said, there are always a few that stand out as worthy of mention.
In Spotty & Eddie Learn to Compromise, teacher/author Lisa M. Chalifoux takes on the sophisticated concept of both parties giving up something so that both can benefit from something else. Spotty and Eddie are red-eared turtles who live in an aquarium, and each wants the best spot under the “sunny warmth of the [sun] lamp.” Unfortunately, the way they go about it is to continually scramble onto the rock under the lamp, and there squabble and jostle each other. Eventually Spotty decides that they must learn to compromise: to do a time-share under the lamp. He persuades Eddie and from then on each turtle gets equal time basking while the other has fun diving and swimming. This is a good starting point to discuss the concept of compromise. Charming and skilful illustrations by Heather Castles add to the slim book’s appeal. mRb