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Corduroy's Christmas Surprise by Don Freeman

By Don Freeman

Christmas is coming, and Corduroy has a listing of presents he'd like from Santa-until he discovers the genuine which means of Christmas isn't really approximately teach units and ice skates, yet approximately stable buddies. have fun the season with Corduroy during this Christmas tale that's bound to be a vacation read-aloud favourite.

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What kind of role model am I for my children? Later in this book I will talk about the importance of giving your children positive, realistic, and tangible role models. But we cannot overlook the fact that you are your children’s first role model. What does your life say to your children about your values and your own ambitions? If you have earned a college degree and have worked your way into a good life position, you are modeling the kind of life you most likely wish for your children. Talk to them about your experiences, your difficult times as well as your victories.

This is especially true for black parents. Until thirty or forty years ago, black neighborhoods were very stable, and families shared such information informally. This segregated community formed strong bonds that made sure each child knew what was expected of him or her, and each family knew it could rely on the help of neighbors, church members, and an extended family to guide its children through to adulthood. But as these neighborhoods became integrated and close friends and extended families moved apart, many black families were left proud and independent—but alone.

As you begin to examine outside influences, explore these questions: • Does my child take in an exceptional degree of information from the TV? • Is my child’s day filled with rap music or music videos? • Does he or she spend a lot of time with children from families who do not hold values similar to my own? Ladner 36 4/27/03 7:54 PM Page 36 LAUNCHING OUR BLACK CHILDREN FOR SUCCESS • What books, magazines, and other literature is my child interested in? • What is he or she learning in social studies and literature classes?

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