The Lucky Seven Show: Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston
Can different animals work together and share a space in order to create something that would show off all of their talents? When an intelligent- looking gray rat wearing pince-nez glasses perched above his nose discovers this amazing barn with seven sides what does he want to do with it? Would you be afraid or would you question why he was there and what he wants? Finding a huge barn and imagine the barn has seven sides. What is more perfect for keeping and storing his Rat Pack’s treasures for them to use when they needed then at night? The things they could do with this amazing barn and the entertainment had infinite possibilities. Filled with great things like musical instruments, photographs, flying machines and much more, Muscatino Tarructi the Great or Musky for short had his work cut out for him because he was not the only one who wanted this space. Others wanted to play there so what would he do? Meeting our narrator who wanted to know why this Rat was there he explains that he is now the one who will take ownership and possession of this place. Nicknamed Dr. Wiz because he makes things happen, he decided that this place would be great for his Rat Pack. Seven Magic Board Walls with Smart Boards for each one. Tons of games for Maze Day, scavenger hunts, Geocaching and more. But, he was not the only one who wanted this barn. Creating #1 Smart Board on the Magic Board Wall for service and starting number two when he saw flying machines form the Pacific Coast Air Museum Master Storyteller Program almost knock off his head. Flying around the barn chanting “We feel free! We want space too.” What was he going to do? But, there were more smells and more that wanted the space as he completed Smart Board Wall 3 and a wood spirit complained that he wanted space too. The Forest People had great plans for creating virtual interactive wooden chess sets in different formats. How cool is that? Boy would I love to play those games! Next Smart Board 4 activated with musical instruments like a piano, guitar and how cool a wind-up Victrola or for those who do not know what that is: A record player. The Music People were trying to make their case for some space too. They sound like fun and boy would I love to play the Lummi Sticks!
But, what happens when Smart Board Wall 5 takes on a life of its own and the photographs stores in the barn come to life creating tons of projects with lost of themes. Want to know what they looked like and the themes read it for yourself and check out the amazing and colorful illustrations that make not only the Smart Boards come to life but the characters too. But, the noise gets louder and the disorder in the room gives life to Smart Board 6 where the Flags/Globs/ Wall Maps and Magazines come to life and you can hear songs, dances and music from all over the world. But, there is much more as the final board Smart Board 7 comes to life and you will not believe what caused such a racket. Check out our friend Musky and you will see just how frustrating this has become until you just won’t believe who came to help him! Musky, as he wanted to be called needed some help and he got it from a Weathervane Horse! You heard me a white weathervane horse who originally worked for the Pony Rides at Marine World.
A barn with seven sides and two heads are better than one and a plan began to form that would accommodate all seven groups. A barn with seven sides and each group wanting space you will not believe the end result or the solution. Taking inventory of the hepbarn’s extra contents and listening what was available, finding other items that would help the plans were done and the Magic of Seven was created. Just how did they do this: Planning, collaboration and compromise among the groups would be great. See what they did and find out how they would each get a chance at their own time for their own show when you read The Lucky Seven Show and find out if they solve their problem. Children can learn that cooperation, teamwork, understanding and working together helps get things done the right way. Planning out what needs to be done and understanding committee work and working as a team member is better than yelling, shouting and screaming. Can a Rat that is quite classy and bright and a Weathervane Horse bring seven individual groups together? Find out when you read The Lucky Seven Show.
The wealth of vocabulary that can be taught using this book will help students in grades four and up to learn descriptive words and nouns that would help when writing descriptive passages. The colorful illustrations by Richa Kinra can be used as a basis for writing lessons as students can choose one panel of pictures and create his/her own adventure or show for the group illustrated on that page. As a reading and writing staff developer and Dean this book is a great learning tool for guidance counselors to teach cooperation and peer mediation as well as character education.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer