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Surprising Lesson with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This post was inspired by the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Penguin Young Readers Group, in partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world-famous candy emporium, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books for children from low-income families, is launching a year-long international celebration. As a book club member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

There’s a lot to be learned from reading a children’s book with your child. Recently, The Boy and I read a childhood favorite of mine, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you haven’t read it since you were a kid, pick up a copy and read it with {or to} your children tonight.

While reading this book about extravagant chocolates and other sweet treats, I learned there was a message in the book. One that I hadn’t noticed when I read it as a child.

“If you make good choices, Mommy, you’ll get the Golden Ticket.”

Oh, if only it were this easy. But, wait. What if it IS?

The message “if you make the right choices, you’ll be rewarded” isn’t all that foreign. It’s true.

If you work hard, you’ll be promoted.

If you prepare your clothing the night before, you’ll be reward with extra time in the morning.

If you chase your dreams, you’ll reach them.

If you write a detailed grocery list, you won’t missing eggs to make chocolate chip cookies.

Initially, my focus on the book was WHO would get the Golden Ticket and what did mean once they found one? Now, I see that I missed the bigger lesson: make good choices, you’ll be rewarded.

What surprising lessons have your children taught you today?

Head over to From Left to Write to learn how you and your child can have a chance to win the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes where the grand prize is a magical trip to New York City plus much more! For every entry submitted, Penguin Young Readers Group will make a donation to First Book. Then, join From Left to Write as we discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

About Emily

Combining her knack for storytelling and passion for creativity with a strong work ethic, Emily started Nap Time is My Time in November 2010. A self-taught photographer and home cook, she also loves DIY projects and crafts, drinking Margaritas and running half marathons. Married to her Texas-born husband since 2005, they live with their young son and dog on Cape Cod.


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