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Posted December 17, 2010
Do you know what "peer pressure" means? Roberta James is late for school. Two weeks late. Her family had just moved into the community. On her first day, she had put her hair up. When she walks into the classroom, Carmen of the straight-up-hair-girls says, "You're one of us," and invites her to sit with them. However, when they have recess, Robert heads to the monkey bars. Carmen says that her group doesn't go on the playground. So Jasmine invites her to join the monkey bar gang. But at lunch, she has a daisy lunchbox and all of them have monkey lunchboxes, so they point out where the flowered lunch box kids sit. Yet, none of them eat pitas like the one that Roberta has, so she has to go where the pita-eating kids are. However, they all wear cowboy boots, and she wears running shoes.
Will Roberta ever find a group of students with whom she can associate? And will the other children learn that they don't always have to be alike in every way? One of the big complaints that I've heard of late from parents with children in traditional schools is the development of cliques and the tremendous pressure for kids to conform to some arbitrary standard in order to be accepted. This simple but meaningful text by author Peggy Moss, whose award-winning children's books include Say Something and Our Friendship Rules, and the colorful, lively illustrations by Penny Weber, combine to remind youngsters that everyone's different and that true friends will respect their differences. It would make a great starting point for an important conversation between children and their parents and/or teachers. The Tilbury House website contains discussion points, activities, literature links, and further educational resources for using this book.
Posted September 4, 2010
"You are one of us," Carmen tells Roberta on her first day at a new school. Roberta gladly sits with the rest of the straight-up-hair girls - until she hears they don't play on the monkey bars.
Roberta loves the monkey bars and leaps at the chance to swing with the monkey-bar posse, until she hears they don't carry flowered lunchboxes like she does.
Roberta moves from group to group, just trying to be herself, until it seems she doesn't fit in anywhere. Then Roberta discovers some kids just like her - everyone's different and they like it that way. (Excerpt from the inside flap).
I received the book, One of Us by Peggy Moss, compliments of Tilbury House Publishers for my honest review, and must say what a great way to teach children that fitting in at school doesn't always have to mean changing things about you. This book was perfect for my own 11 year old that is struggling all the time to fit it, based on what kids wear or who they listen to, what games they have, or even who their other friends are.
What I enjoyed the most, is that the moral story of this book, is that you can be yourself and show kids what you are all about instead of trying so hard to change to make yourself like them that you lose yourself in the process. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with kids, or even perfect gift for grandparents, youth groups at church and storytime at day cares! This book rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.
The illustrations are beautiful and I would recommend this book to kids as early as 6 just entering school. Hardcover and 32 pages makes this a perfect story time favorite!
Posted July 27, 2010
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