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The Potato Chip Champ

Discovering Why Kindness Counts

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. This book comes with a free Reader’s Guide for children. A classroom poster and activities to spread kindness at home and at school parents, teachers, and caregivers to explore the topic further and deepen comprehension.   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).

Details & Purchasing

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  • Published February 2013
  • 32 pages • 8.5x11 • Ages 4 to 10
  • Picture Book
  • ISBN: 978-0-9848558-1-0
  • ISBN (En español): 979-8-9858051-0-9
  • Lexile Leveling: 630
  • Fountas & Pinnell Level: M

Book Reviews

S. Wark

There’s more to life than potato chips! That is the lesson Champ must learn and a great message for all kids, it’s not what you have but who you are that is most important. The author Maria Dismondy is able to capture the attention of my 3 year old with her unique characters in every book she has written, while teaching valuable lessons about growing up as a child today. Looking forward to The Potato Chip Champ becoming our new favorite book and will anxiously await to see what the author comes up with next!

E. Petrous

The Potato Chip Champ is a home run! Maria Dismondy does not disappoint with her latest book. This is a story of a friendship that engages every age with its storyline, characters and pictures.My 4-year-old loves to look at this book over and over, and tell it back to me in her own words. I love the message that she is learning about kindness and acceptance. We are happy that this book has joined our Maria Dismondy collection!

N. Closser

I love this book! I have been a school social worker for 10 years and I use books all the time to help children learn to show empathy and respect. The Potato Chip Champ is a book I know I will use over and over again because of the message it sends. Maria takes you through a story of kindness and compassion while showing that even kids who struggle with this can make a positive change.

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