From the Set 21st Century Junior Library

Loyalty. Be faithful to a cause, ideal, or institution. Support for friends and family. The 21st Century Jr. Library Character Education books help kids learn how to make the choices that will help them be people of good character.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 179'.9--dc22
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Cherry Lake Publishing
Available Formats Reinforced book (9781602793262), PDF (9781602795679), ePub (9781631882241), Hosted ebook (9781602795679H), Kindle (9781631370120)
Copyright 2009
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 8.25 x 8.25


With a clear color photos and simple interactive text on each double-page spread, the dramatic scenarios in this small, square picture book will spark discussion with young kids about standing up for a friend or family member in trouble. Part of the 21st Century Junior Library Character Education series, the issues are fundamental, drawn from daily interaction in the schoolyard and at home. In a searing photo three girls jeer and taunt a girl bent in pain (“Standing up to bullies can be hard”). With a photo of a child in Muslim dress, the question is, “Do you believe everyone should be treated the same?” Two kids do homework together (“Maybe your brother is worried about a spelling test. You are loyal when you help him study”). Or even: “Maybe your dad loses his job.” These questions make clear that being loyal is not easy; the scenarios will spark discussion, and grade-schoolers can go on from here to the many great fiction titles about friends and enemies.

—Hazel Rochman


Gr 1-3 A combination of concise text, plenty of white space, effective use of color, and crisp photography makes this series appealing and easy to read. After a definition of and discussion of the topic at hand (What is Caring?), real-world scenarios are described. Fairness, for example, may be an issue at home, during school, on the playground, or in sports. Children are asked to think beyond the text and bring in ideas from their own experiences. The color photographs show a multiethnic group of boys and girls. Boys wash dishes as well as play outside; girls shovel snow, play soccer, and cook. A Find Out More section at the end of each book lists two additional titles and two Web sites. Children will be able to understand the advice in these books and apply it to their own lives. Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc.

Author: Lucia Raatma

Lucia Raatma has written a wide variety of books for young readers. Many are about character education and staying safe. Some of her favorites are about Queen Noor of Jordan, Jackie Robinson, John F. Kennedy, Jesse Owens, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lives in New York with her husband, two children, and a golden retriever.

  • What Is Loyalty?
  • Being a Loyal Person
  • Showing Loyalty
  • Glossary
  • Find Out More
  • Index
  • About the Author
Author/Illustrator biography
Glossary of key words
Informative sidebars
Sources for further research
Table of contents