The Only One Club

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This heartwarming story explores the many ways in which children feel unique and special. Mrs. Matthews' first grade class begins making Christmas decorations, but because Jennifer is Jewish, Mrs. Matthews allows her to make Hanukkah decorations instead. Jennifer enjoys the attention and creates "The Only One Club," of which she is the sole member. When her classmates want to join, she is resistant until she realizes that each of her friends is also "the only one" at something. As she inducts them into her club ...
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Overview

This heartwarming story explores the many ways in which children feel unique and special. Mrs. Matthews' first grade class begins making Christmas decorations, but because Jennifer is Jewish, Mrs. Matthews allows her to make Hanukkah decorations instead. Jennifer enjoys the attention and creates "The Only One Club," of which she is the sole member. When her classmates want to join, she is resistant until she realizes that each of her friends is also "the only one" at something. As she inducts them into her club she reveals the unique qualities that make each of her classmates extraordinary. Through this touching story, young children are encouraged to discover and treasure their own uniqueness and to actively look for special qualities in others beyond race or culture. A medley of pencil, watercolor, acrylic paint, and pastel illustrations bring this inspiring and humorous tale to life.
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Learning Magazine
This book encourages children to look for special qualities in others.
Children's Literature
Jennifer, the only Jewish child in her first-grade class, is given the honor of making Hanukkah decorations and she basks in the glow of all the attention. The next day, flush with pride, she proudly sports a button proclaiming "The Only One Club" to celebrate her uniqueness. As other classmates ask to join the club, Jennifer resents their intrusion even though the children point out their own special traits. Later that night, she rethinks her response to her classmates and knows just what she must do. She returns to school with buttons for everyone because everyone has something no one else has. The class—in an animated response—gleefully acknowledge the things that make each of them stand out: Jonah's red hair, Alex who was born on a bus, Julia who can jump Double-Dutch, and Steven with his big "humongous front teeth." This simple story with its expressive mixed-media illustrations addresses diversity and uniqueness while recognizing a child's need to belong to the group. The story works beyond the holiday season and multicultural classrooms can use the book as a springboard for discussion. 2004, Flashlight Press, Ages 6 to 9.
—Beverley Fahey
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"Addresses diversity and uniqueness while recognizing a child's need to belong to the group. The story works beyond the holiday season, and multicultural classrooms can use the book as a springboard for discussion."  —Children's Literature

"[This book] will help educators and families encourage appreciation of self and others in young children."  —Anti-Defamation League, selected as a Recommended Cultural and Anti-Bias Book for Children 

"Delightfully refreshing. . . . I strongly recommend this book for its readability and its high-quality treatment of a difficult subject."  —Blether.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972922531
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Naliboff is the author of Kids Will Be Kids. She has published children's stories in Cricket, Hopscotch, and Spider. She lives in Vienna, Maine. Jeff Hopkins has worked as a museum educator for the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he served as artist-in-residence for after-school art programs for K–2 students. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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    Posted November 17, 2013

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    Posted June 9, 2012

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    Good book.liked it

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    A wonderful tale about empathy

    With great art, this is a heart-warming story about seeing in others both the feelings of separation and uniqueness that we all feel. This is great for both one's own kids and the classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    This book can make any child feel special

    In The Only One Club, Jennifer Jacobs feels left out and very different from everyone else. She is Jewish and her class is making Christmas decorations. Her teacher lets her make something for the holiday she celebrates, Hanukkah, and she decides to form a club for herself because she is the 'only one'. Now the others feel left out - until they all figure out what is unique and special about each one of them. What a wonderful way to illustrate to children how truly special and one of a kind they are! I plan to use this book with my elementary school students who need a boost with their self-esteem!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2004

    An extraordinary 'holiday' book for any day of the year...

    In Jennifer Jacobs, the founder of THE ONLY ONE CLUB, author Jane Naliboff has created a winning character that young readers of all cultures will relate to. Jennifer is the only Jewish student in her class - the only one who celebrates Hanukah. 'That must make you feel special,' her father tells her - and it does. She decides to celebrate her uniqueness by starting THE ONLY ONE CLUB - of which she, Jennifer, will be the sole member. Or so she thinks. This delightful book and its memorable heroine gently and playfully shows young readers that even our differences can connect us - and that being a member of THE ONLY ONE CLUB does not have to be lonely.

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