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The Incredible Martin O'Shea: A kids book about how to help a child with a big imagination understand why and how to study in school Paperback – 16 Dec 2009
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The protagonist Martin O'Shea has a fabulous imagination, but he lacks the practicalities of working hard in school, and his grades are suffering. A classroom visit of Professor O'Tool (no doubt a clever pun on the part of Winn) helps Martin to balance his imagination with attention and hard work.
This book will be particularly useful to the parents of gifted children. Oftentimes, a very bright child will spend more time in her/his head, imagining stories, than paying attention to what is around him. Getting any child to focus can be a challenge, and Martin's story illustrates how important it is for a successful life.
The book and the questions at the end give a child a priceless lesson early in her or his academic life. As do Don Winn's other books, this one plants a seed that should flourish throughout the child's education and work life.
Martin is a little guy who loves to dream...and he can dream up all sorts of stuff! But, finally when a wise teacher helps him to focus his imagination Martin realizes that learning is a great asset as well as imagination.
This is a great little story to share with a classroom or Sunday school. The Incredible Martin O'Shea is a wonderful bedtime story that will help children to learn the necessity of imagination and education.
At the back of the story was a list of six great questions about the story that will help parents and children interact and further understanding how learning can be a wonderful partner to dreaming.