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A Tale of Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park


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Gorp's Dream

A Tale of Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park

 

Written by

Sherri Chessen

 

Illustrated by

Christy Masel

 

40 pages, 10 3/4" x 8 3/4"  

Illustrated. Full Color.

 

Usually shipped within 48 hours

 

 Hardcover

ISBN # 0-9724249-1-1

 

 

$15.95 PLUS SHIPPING


Gorp's Dream

Teacher's Guide

By Tracy Atwell, M.Ed.

Gorp's Dream, a delightful book that students will adore was created for parents and teachers to sensitively begin a dialogue to show children a positive, healthy way to interact with others. As our world grows smaller it is imperative that children learn that we all have similar feelings.

As parents and educators, we make content decisions with every lesson we teach children. We can incorporate aspects of character education. With the changing nature of our world, we must teach children to make good choices and be able to express empathy toward others. This guide incorporated the efforts of teaching values, story structure, writing, character education and introspection.

Activities for children are included.

48 pages, 8 1/2" x 11"  

Soft Cover

 

Usually shipped within 48 hours

 

ISBN # 0-9724249-2-X

 

$12.95 PLUS SHIPPING

For orders outside of the US, e-mail for a shipping rate prior to placing an order.

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Do you know a child who is being bullied?

Walking to school, riding the bus, or playing at the  park can be terrifying for a child who is being bullied. Gorp's Dream: A Tale of Diversity, Tolerance, and Love in Pumpernickel Park, empowers children with the skills and understanding they need to tackle this often paralyzing problem. With endearing characters, colorful illustrations, and an easy-to-understand story, this book teaches everyone to care for and respect others and to celebrate, not hate, differences between us.


Welcome to Pumpernickel Park . . .

Where the Brownies and the Bagels, the Tortillas and the Pitas respect one another despite their outward differences.

But then the crusty, cranky Sourdoughs move into this happy community and bring with them intolerance and prejudice. When the Sourdoughs have a big crisis, they're lucky that Gram and Poppa Rye don't let hatred get in their way of being good neighbors.

Because  of these "not-so-upper-crust" folks, and a cast of characters that will surprise and amuse you, children are presented a gentle lesson in tolerance, diversity, and LOVE!

With Gorp's guidance, everyone can realize that each of us can help to makes ours a SWEETER, FRIENDLIER world, that a loving heart can exist no matter what the other ingredients.


Values you can promote using Gorp's Dream

 

Acceptance

Ambition

Appreciation

Belief in Others

Care

Citizenship

Civility

Commitment

Common Ground

Compassion

Cooperation

Courage

Courtesy

Dependability

Diversity

Do the right thing

Education

Effort

Empathy

Ethics

Fairness

Faith

Forgiveness

Friendship

Generosity

Good Manners

Gratitude

Hard Work

Helping others

Honesty

Hope

Humility

Including others

Initiative

Integrity

Kindness

Listening to others

Love

Loyalty

Optimism

Patience

Perseverance

Personal Best

Positive Attitude

Respect

Responsibility

Right Choices

Self-Control

Self-Discipline

Self Esteem

Service

Sharing

Sportsmanship

Teaching by Example

Tolerance

Trust

Unity

 


Baby Gorp

This incredibly adorable 'beanie' serves as a constant reminder to the children of their pledges to safety....nice for adults, too.

 

Approximately

7" tall

Baby Gorp "beanie"

 

Usually shipped within 48 hours


$7.00 PLUS SHIPPING

 


About the Author Sherri Chessen

From her earliest days in her hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, Sherri Chessen has been a champion of children and their causes. As a child she was involved as a Brownie, a Girl Scout, active in the Community Children's Theatre, and then became a camp counselor. Her interests in children continued into her adult life where she was a teacher on famed TV's Romper Room, a mother of six and a writer of children's books. With most every cause that she has supported or job that she has taken, her efforts have centered on children.

At the University of Wisconsin, a communications major (and one of the first female cheerleaders), she was afforded her first opportunity to work in television. Here she was the floor manager and voice over for several  inanimate object characters on the PBS long running program, 'The Friendly Giant'.

 

After graduation and marriage, she moved to Phoenix, AZ where she won the role as teacher on TV's Romper Room. Her television career also included a 'magazine of the air' show called 'Here's Sherri' which she hosted daily at the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, AZ. Her career continued with the shows 'Phoenix After Dark' and then the 'Sherri Chessen Show'. Her work garnered her two regional Emmy Awards, on for Best Children's Show and the other for Outstanding Female Personality.


When her first book, Gorp's Gift was published in 1996, Sheila Wellstone, the wife of the late Senator of MN, Paul Wellstone, contacted Sherri Chessen. With their help and that of Mary Lewis Grow, who initiated the project, and then Senator Bill Bradley, they succeeded in securing a unanimous confirmation from the US Senate denoting a day in October as the Day of Concern and Student Pledge Against Gun Violence. This day has been observed with growing involvement every year since its inception. In 2002, nearly 3 million students signed the pledge not to carry guns to school or to solve problems by using weapons. Gorp, the character, story, and his message, has been an integral part of this program.

 

Now Gorp and his anti-violence teachings are an integral part of Sherri Chessen's life. Gorp's Dream, the newest book in the series, helps to instill in our children a sense of fairness towards others, an understanding of tolerance and diversity, and a positive, loving lesson in how bullying can not only hurt others, but can cause permanent, heartbreaking damage. Gorp is dedicated to helping make our children's world a better one, as is Ms. Chessen.



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