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Reward Stars

When we were all young we received reward stars for good behavior, good marks and for being tidy and neat in the classroom. Often children expected a prize or present when they showed their parents their excellent work.  I do not believe that they do that any more.  In any event, high praise was often given by the parents sometimes followed by a special treat such as a dessert, a biscuit or cookie, or even a very small inexpensive gift.  When I was watching the “Andy Griffith Show” the other day, Opie came flying into his sheriff’s office to show him reward stars.  I was thrilled and impressed with the writers of this series when Opie’s prize was not a gift or a treat.  He wanted his father to tell him a story.  I thought not only was that brilliant but it was a wonderful bond between child and parent.  Most children love stories. When I have read to children in the past, they always have asked for more.  I used to read at the Boys and Girls Club in the afternoons.  Often parents would arrive to collect their children at the after school program at the Club. One time when I was reading a boy’s dad arrived and took his hand to leave. They were halfway to the door when the boy ran back to give me a big hug! Of course, you know that made my day. When I have read to the children, it was never just one book, they always wanted more which of course, thrilled me. I believe that is what makes the Good Gus series truly unique. Children love the stories. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Digitizing for all the books is coming soon!

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