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Activities for the Reading Club's Featured Books

Our featured selections are award-winning books that are obtainable in print from libraries and bookstores, and are also available in alternate formats (electronic or braille). Grade levels are approximate.

The Judge: An Untrue Tale

By Zemach, Harve


Available in braille from the following sources:

1. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Free loan to registered users; also available from Web-braille as a contracted braille digital file. Users must register with their cooperating library.


1. Class or Home Discussion
Talk about how the judge responded to the defendants brought before him and whether that would be real or imaginary. Then discuss how a real judge might listen to the facts and have help in determining whether a defendant was telling the truth.

2. Literacy Activity
Older readers (grades 4-7) might enjoy reading "You Be the Judge" by Sidney B. Carroll. This 1971 book presents 13 actual court cases and asks the reader to make a fair judgment in each case.

3. Word Scramble Game and Art
After reading the story, encourage children to complete the word scramble game and then create an art project in the medium of their choice to depict the monster and what happens at the end of the story.

4. E-mail a Judge or Lawyer
Communicate with real people who are blind or visually impaired and have real jobs as judges and lawyers! You can e-mail them here, which will take you to AFB CareerConnect® where children, teachers, and parents can learn about and talk to thousands of blind or visually impaired people doing hundreds of different jobs! (Please note: you must first register as a CareerConnect user to send an e-mail.)

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