The Phoenix is a series of children'd books written by Matthew J. Norcross and illustrated by Keith Hobgood, the co-founder of Out of Our Minds Animation Studios in Winston-Salem. The series teaches the 7 Degrees of Change curriculum, with each book focusing on one character trait.
Jacquie is new in school, but doesn't feel like she fits in due to her disability. Luckily, Joe transforms into The Phoenix and teams up with his friend Nehemiah to teach Empathy, a character train in which you understand another person's thoughts, feelings, and condition from their point of view, rather than from your own.
In other words, it makes you try to imagine yourself in their place in order to understand what they are feeling or experiencing. Empathy is a very important character trait to learn in today's world, because there are certain things some people can't do and it makes them feel like they can't fit in with others.
Yusuf has taken a purple crayon without permission. With the help of his friend Satomi, Joe - a.k.a. The Phoenix - teaches Yusuf the character trait of Respect. The dictionary definition of Respect is a "feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements." Having respect for others can let them have respect for you as a result. Respect can't be bought and paid for. You have to earn it. In order to earn respect, you have to give other people respect in return.
For example, when someone has a different opinion other than yours, you have to accept it. More importantly, there is one important person you have to respect... yourself. That means putting on new sets of clothes every day, grooming yourself, cleaning up your room when needed, taking good care of yourself every day, and recognizing everyone has a a special gift or talent.
Responsibility can have many meanings. The most important meaning of Responsibility is doing what you’re supposed to do. In fact, entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller once said that every right "implies a responsibility, every opportunity an obligation, every possession a duty." Responsibility can especially mean planning ahead - whether it be for big school projects and doing your very best on schoolwork, tests, or quizzes.
Another important meaning for Responsibility is holding yourself accountable for your own words and actions. When your child learns the values of responsibility, they can learn to set a good example for their peers. The book Nehemiah's Playroom, a part of The Phoenix children's book series with the subject character Nehemiah’s messy playroom, teaches the example of the responsibility of doing what you are supposed to do.
Fairness can have many meanings. One meaning is being impartial or treating people without favoritism, while another more important meaning can be treating people fairly. In the case of this particular story, one example of treating people fairly is sharing and taking turns.
Trustworthiness can have many meanings. One of the most important is being honest or truthful or honest to your peers or family members. For example, whenever a friend lets you borrow their favorite toy and you make a promise that you’ll bring it back to them (as demon- strated with Cameron making a promise to Satomi regarding her doll in this story), you have to keep that promise in order for someone to trust you.
Also, whenever you make a mistake, you have to tell the truth about the mistake you made, even if it means risking getting punished or having a privilege being taken away from you.
Caring for others is perhaps one of the most important lessons anyone can learn when it comes to Character Education. Whenever you feel concerned or interested in someone in need, that can actually make someone feel liked by others - as was the case with Beth when she skinned her knee after falling off her bike.
Her best friend Joe - after transforming into the Phoenix - was there by her side when she needed him most.
One of America's Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, once said, "A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society." And that is just an example of what it means to be a good citizen.
In fact, the dictionary definition of Citizenship is the "status of being a citizen of a particular country." However, Character Counts defines Citizenship as doing your share to make your school and community better.
In the case of what Cameron did in the book Cameron's Vote, it can mean helping your peers respect their country or community by reciting things such as the Pledge of Allegiance. But, more importantly, it means following local or national laws, getting involved in community affairs, and - more importantly - voting. Being a good citizen and actually getting involved in your community is one of the many ways your can fulfill the character traits of the 7 Degrees of Change!