Why have career early elementary teachers said this of The Checker Players and made it a classroom classic?  How do teachers use the story in class to promote insight and cooperation?


by Alan Venable, illustrated by Byron Barton

32 full-color pages plus suggestions for teachers

Hardback $14.95
ISBN 978-0-9777082-2-2

Paperback $11.95
ISBN 978-0-9777082-3-9

“Barton’s sketches capture the humor in this elementary lesson that two can do better than one.” — Publisher’s Weekly


“Intelligence and humor…. It has that rare substance.” — New York Times Book Review


“Charm and sense.” — New York Magazine


“A story that will delight young children.” — School Library Journal


“It is never too early (or too late) to learn another lesson about friendship…. That is what The Checker Players is all about….” The Old Schoolhouse Magazine


How it begins….

The carpenter was an orderly fellow. His overalls were neatly pressed, and his hammer hung at his side. His screwdriver fit in a loop of its own, next to a pocket for screws. Altogether, he had seventeen pockets and loops, and something to go in each one.

With all those tools, the carpenter could make a lot of things!

“But I always start with a plan,” he would say, “and follow it down to the last little tack. If I know all the details before I start, then everything comes out fine.”

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