I agree with you. I think that it is important for children to go after something they are passionate about and do everything in their power to get it. I also find it interesting that the dad used the trip as an incentive to get him motivated. I think this is important for teachers to realize because they have to know how to motivate their own students in the classroom. I think this book could be very useful in a classroom because teachers can make activities that go along with the book. For example, as the students read they could be required to come up with their own seven wonders and they could have to write about them, draw what they are and explain to others why they are wonders to that particular child. An activity like this could use all 6 of the language arts.
I also like that what his dad told him to do is taking him out of his comfort zone. He says in the book that he is shy and doesn't like to speak up to people. I think by him having to do this "project," he is beginning to get more comfortable talking to people and he isn't as worried about it anymore. I think that is important for teachers to realize as well because not all students like to talk in a classroom and as a teacher we need to push the students to get out of their comfort zone just a little bit.
Erica, I really like that thought that maybe his dad is using the project to get him more comfortable to talk to people. That also seems like a good thing that could be brought into the classroom in having the kids find seven wonders in their own town. I feel like especially today with how technology is ruling the world, kids are loosing personal communication skills. Having them do an activity like this is a great way to incorporate that important aspect of life into their own lives. Its so frustrating to see people in our generation and the younger generations unable to have personal conversations. Every one would rather do things electronically to avoid confrontation. That is a great thing that could be brought into the class. I also think it is interesting the way the author is setting up the characters that have been introduced thus far. We have his friend Jeb (?) who was unable to help him leaving him kind of on his own. Then the man who told him he shouldn't be there, again leaving him on his own, and finally the sunday school teacher, who initially was not going to help him either. I think this could lead to him developing Independence and confidence in his own abilities to find the seven wonders
I agree that he could be developing his independence since he only has himself to rely on to find the seven wonders. I think that is a good point and it would be a great thing to talk about in the classroom. There won't always be people around to help you out; sometimes you have to rely on yourself to get something done.