Freddie the Fly: Connecting the Dots
A Story About Learning to Read Social Cues Freddie returns with quite the conundrum! He keeps missing social cues, so he misunderstands what people mean, and then he finds himself in a mess. He just doesn’t get that there’s a lot more to communication than the words that people say. Fortunately for our favorite fly, he has his dad and Principal Roachford available to teach him about connecting the communication dots, including voice tone, facial expressions and body language. 32 pgs.
This is the second book in the Freddie the Fly series.
Published by Boys Town Press
Preview Freddie the Fly: Connecting the Dots:
Freddie is a fly-child who gets in trouble three times through the beginning of the story. He doesn’t understand his mother, bus driver, or the lunch lady when they are sarcastic. He takes them literally and continues to be disobedient, without truly understanding that his behavior is bad. After being sent to the office in school, the principle recognizes that Freddie has an issue with communication and gives him some much-needed advice. He tells him to listen to the sound of the voice, not necessarily the words themselves. He tells Freddie to watch the body language of others as they talk. He also tells Freddie to pay attention to how the other person’s face looks as they are talking. Through these three steps, Freddie is able to do a much better job when communicating with others.
He does make another mistake but recognizes the mistake when his father steps into the room. His dad explains that there will always be mistakes to learn from, then shares a story of his own with Freddie about how he messed up himself, just the other day. Even adults can make mistakes when communicating, and that is okay. As long as we work on improving our communication skills, we can learn from our past experiences to make our future experiences better. That is the underlying message of this Freddie the Fly book, and that is a good message. After all, better communication is better for everyone involved.
This is the sort of book that you read and think, "Why hasn't someone done this before?" Kids get told to pay attention to how they treat people, but we don't often tell them what to look for. This book does just that. I have to admit that I wasn't too enamored of the illustrations. It's more a matter of taste than anything else, and I don't think most kids would find them off putting.
Freddie the Fly has to learn how to navigate various social situations and confrontations in this short, but meaningful read. This book gives kids a chance to see (and practice!) examples of communication and social cues.