Zinkoff hears of this and decides to go off on his own in search of her.
An old lady there speaks to him, as does the young mother of a small child named Claudia. But Zinkoff doesn't notice.By maintaining a strong sense of self through his experiences, Donald Zinkoff teaches us all about important and unforgettable lessons of self-esteem and happiness. Biswell, is more hostile towards him, and regularly scolds him for his lack of discipline. The alleyways. By being true to himself, Zinkoff has become a hero even though the clueless kids at school still think of him as a nobody. Zinkoff, as he is called through most of the book, is a cheerful and loving boy who is so thrilled to be in first grade when the book opens that he can hardly stop shouting and laughing with glee. He joins the band but is also bad at playing music. He is even able to cope with the rejection of friendship he receives from his next door neighbor and another boy from school. Most readers will relate to either knowing or being a Donald Zinkoff at some point in their lives. Questions for Discussion Donald Zinkoff's mother gives him a silver star after his first day of elementary school and says "One thousand congratulations to you. Or have you read another book by Jerry Spinelli? No matter what Donald does, disaster seems to follow him. Donald continues on this way throughout second and third grade. When he gets his only "A" in a test during all his years at elementary school, the other children praise him endlessly, and he does not realize they are mocking him. He's just there -- on the street, the playground, the neighborhood.
And then one day you do. Will he find a way to be happy and leave the past behind him? There are winners everywhere He loves it, even though he is always seated in the rear of the classroom because his teacher sits students alphabetically.
His father, mother, and younger sister are all very supportive but the boy next door and another boy in school whom Zinkoff attempts to befriend reject his advances. First grade is when Zinkoff is introduced to school. He briefly befriends one of his classmates, Hector Binns, but the friendship soon falls apart.Reading Guide Book Summary A touching book about the human spirit, the importance of failure, and how any name can someday be replaced with "hero. This becomes his name. Believing that she ran away, he decides to search for her. You don't even know his name. This final failure, among a long string of failures, touches all the adults, especially Claudia's mother. Once again, the unusual friendship with this woman and a few other adults who accept Zinkoff for the kind soul he really is, bring him the strength he needs at just the right time. The sidewalks. The playgrounds Zinkoff hears of this and decides to go off on his own in search of her. As a matter of fact, up until third grade, Zinkoff seems entirely unaware that he is unusual and that others see him as much. Zinkoff is happy! Even though he has trouble, he does make it through the first grade.
With the encouragement of his family, he learns to approach life with a positive spirit and to enjoy all that it has to offer.
He starts off as a fairly average child; excited and energetic about all of the things going on around him.The backyards. Or have you read another book by Jerry Spinelli? Donald continues on this way throughout second and third grade. Zinkoff is not like the other kids -- raising his hand with all the wrong answers, tripping over his own feet, falling down with laughter over a word like "Jabip. He's just there -- on the street, the playground, the neighborhood. You just cross paths now and then. Once Zinkoff hits the fourth grade, his generous personality faces trials like never before. Except for Zinkoff. Even though they consider him to be a loser, he's not; in fact, Zinkoff has a heart of gold. This section contains words approx. Though Claudia is found a few minutes later, Zinkoff does not notice and spends seven hours in the snow searching for Claudia. His parents are very loving and supportive of their son. Not yet.
Though Claudia is found a few minutes later, Zinkoff does not notice and spends seven hours in the snow searching for Claudia. Then things change once more for Zinkoff.