The Lunch ThiefBook - 2010
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SurreyGreatBooks4Kids Mar 29, 2016
Rafael is angry that a new student is stealing lunches. But, before flying off the handle and taking action, Rafael takes time to learn what the real problem and discovers that kindness is often better than anger.
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Readers will also finish this second book with a smile on their faces – not from laughter as with Silverstein’s poems, but just because The Lunch Thief such a heart-warming, satisfying and beautifully-illustrated story.
Kevin, a new kid in the school, has been snitching his classmates’ lunches. Every day - without any intimidation or bullying on his part – he’s very quietly made off with someone’s lunch. First, it was Raphael’s lunch. Out of the corner of his eye, Raphael saw Kevin stuff it into his backpack and quickly leave the room. The next day, it was Alfredo’s lunch, and the next day, Kevin ran off with Karen’s lunch bag. But when Raphael and Alfredo chased Kevin, he was too quick for them and he disappeared from sight.
Raphael pondered what to do. His mom had always told him that only cowards fight. He decided to talk to Kevin instead. When he did, he discovered that Kevin was from the Jacinto Valley, where many homes had recently been destroyed by a wildfire. However, Kevin didn’t want to talk about it. He just seemed very sad.
That weekend, on the way to the grocery store, Raphael spotted Kevin entering a small motel room. His mom told him that it was likely Kevin’s whole family would be living there - in one small motel room - for a long time. Many Jacinto Valley families had lost everything in the fire.
Now Raphael understood.
Then he thought of the generous lunch that his mom packed for him every day, his many friends, his home, and many other things that he had – and Kevin didn’t.
And then, Raphael knew exactly what to do
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