The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple by Beth Fine is an Educational Fiction Mystery Series with teachable moments. The books are Grade Level and Age-Appropriate.
KID: Reading for fun, are you kidding? Those words sound MISMATCHED to me. I’d rather have a tooth pulled than read a book for fun.
NEIGHBOR: I hope you brush your teeth a lot so going to the dentist is fun for you.
KID: Not really. But, brushing teeth and going to the dentist are CRAZY things that only parents or teachers like to talk about, right?
NEIGHBOR: Maybe grownups say such things because we were once kids too and didn’t want cavities.
KID: Yeah, but I mean grownups also always talk about those type of CRAZY ideas…like reading for fun. They don’t have to deal with schoolyard bullies who knock out your teeth so you end up at the dentist.
NEIGHBOR: Man, the bullies in your school sound worse than when I was a kid. But you know at recess, I bested all the girls at doing cartwheels through double ropes; and they teased me out of jealousy. So, I decided to become the only girl on the boys’ ball team at recess.
KID: Aw, you’re pulling my leg. You did that?
NEIGHBOR: Sure. No one was allowed to tell me how the cow ate cabbage. I was plenty good at sports.
KID: Still that’s not the same as saying reading for fun. If any kid fessed up to that, some bully would beat him up right away.
NEIGHBOR: Sounds like you kids need more power. Maybe that’s what grown-ups discovered when they began reading for fun. That made it possible for them take mental vacations…gave them a chance to visit strange lands and…to meet new people and…to challenge their fears. Pretty soon, somehow they felt smarter and more powerful...like superheroes in comic books. No one would dare stop a superhero from reading for fun if that’s what he chose to do.
KID: Not me. I only read when I have to. Except maybe comic books. I do like those.
NEIGHBOR: I did too, but my family only let us buy comic books when we took real vacations. Although most kids had boxes of
Superman or Captain Marvel under their beds, I wanted to be different from everyone else so I always bought
Plastic Man because he could stretch his arm around corners.
KID: Boy, I wish my arm could stretch that far.
NEIGHBOR: Well, even if your arm can’t stretch farther than you can reach, your brain sure can. Reading for fun can stretch it as far as you can imagine.
KID: Wouldn’t that make my head hurt?
NEIGHBOR: Maybe a little; but it’d be worth it if you grew more powerful in school. That’s what
The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple is all about. You have a choice: Have Fun. Get Smarter.™ You can simply go along with Ima on her adventures; or if you like, you can follow a trail of facts at the back of the book. I figure, you can’t keep yourself from learning either by accident or intention.