by Paul R. Hewlett
Lionel's Grand Adventure (Lionel and the Golden Rule) by Paul R. Hewlett is a lighthearted story about a 12-year-old boy named Lionel. Lionel is not very coordinated, but he always tries his hardest even when things rarely seem to work out for him. One day Lionel discovers a Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot. He quickly learns that the Walbaun foot has a magic power, but like Lionel the Walbaun's magic doesn't always go as planned.
Children will laugh at the comical adventure Lionel undertakes while trying to perfect the magic of his Walbaun's foot. An example of the Walbaun's mixed up magic is when Lionel wishes to win big in a marble game, but ends up winning big at a game of blackjack in a Vegas casino. In Lionel's final wish, to win the little league championship, he is transported to the championship game for the New York Zephyr's. Lionel is next at bat, but sees Jimmy Dee, Lionel's favorite player, sitting at the end of the bench. Understanding how Jimmy Dee feels Lionel fakes an injury forcing the coach to put Jimmy Dee in the game. In giving Jimmy Dee a chance, Lionel discovers the Golden Rule of treating others how you want to be treated. A valuable lesson that is often forgotten.
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