The Potato Chip Champ
Discovering Why Kindness Counts
Illustrated by Dawn Beacon
What’s the point of having so much stuff—without a friend to share it with?
Champ and Walter Norbert Whipplemoore are about as different as two kids can be… well, except for their love of baseball and potato chips. Everyone on their baseball team liked Walter. Everyone but Champ, that is.
Walter was always late for practice, his shoes were old and dirty and he rode an old broken-down bike. Their differences were glaring. But that didn’t stop Walter from having a great attitude and being happy. He knew he wasn’t what he had on the outside, but who he was on the inside.
Champ, on the other hand, lacked empathy and was crabby and unkind to Walter. He just didn’t understand why Walter had so little, yet still seemed to be so popular. Didn’t the other kids realize that Champ was the coolest kid because he had so many things? In the end, though, the hard feelings of jealousy and being left out are conquered by the simple act of sharing a favorite snack in this picture book on the power of sharing, kindness and potato chips.
The best book for teaching the power of a good attitude for children, The Potato Chip Champ by award-winning author Maria Dismondy carries the key message of celebrating differences and good sportsmanship supported by the many advocates of positive parenting solutions.
This book is the perfect complement to other books for children ages 4-10 that focus on kindness, adversity and empathy, like the work of Jory John (The Cool Bean) and Sonia Sotomayor (Just Ask).