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Brielle-Elaine Tries to Fit In!
By La-Toya S. Facey
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2011 La-Toya S. Facey
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Chapter OneBING! "Cupcakes are ready!" shouted Mom excitedly. Brielle-Elaine peered over the counter to watch her mom pull out the freshly baked extra-chocolate, chocolate chip, double fudge cupcakes out of the oven. She just knew that after giving her new classmates these cupcakes, they would definitely want her to be their friend. Brielle-Elaine waited until the cupcakes cooled to taste them.
"Perfect, Mom, no one will be able to resist them. I will start tomorrow as a new student and leave as the most popular, all because of these cupcakes. DELICIOUS!!!!" Mom smiled.
Tomorrow would be the big day! Tomorrow would be the day that Brielle-Elaine started her new school. She would be in Mrs. Willory's fourth-grade class at Anaberry Elementary School. The school year had already begun, but her dad had a new job and she had to switch to a new school in the middle of the year. She missed her friends terribly, but she knew that she would make friends easily, especially with her world famous cupcakes.
Brielle-Elaine got up and put on her outfit for the first day of her new school. It was pretty and pink and made her feel like a princess. She even added glitter to make sure that her skin shimmered just as much as her outfit. She looked in the mirror, and she was satisfied with what she saw. Her mom added the icing to the cupcakes while she slept, and they looked amazing. She couldn't wait to pass them out to the class.
"Good morning, class. Today we have a new student. Her name is Brielle-Elaine," announced Mrs. Willory.
Brielle-Elaine smiled and surveyed the room at the same time to see who would be her friend first. She cleared her throat and said, "Excuse me, Mrs. Willory, I brought in cupcakes for the class. Is it okay if I pass them out now?"
"Normally we wouldn't do it now, but it is a special day. It is not everyday that we get a new student, and besides, those cupcakes look scrumptious!" Mrs. Willory exclaimed with a grin on her face.
As soon as she turned around to begin passing out the cupcakes, she tripped over her pretty, pink, shimmery, untied laces. The cupcakes flew out of her hands. They landed everywhere, even on her pretty, pink, princess-like outfit purposely worn for the first day of her new school. The class burst into laughter, and Brielle-Elaine burst into tears. She was so embarrassed. Her teacher sent her to the office to call her mom. She couldn't reach her, so they gave her a change of clothes that were two sizes too big. Her first day was not going well, and to make matters worse, no one even asked her to be their friend.
At recess and lunchtime, she sat by herself and watched the other kids play. They were all in groups. She saw the kids who liked sports, wore jerseys, and talked about which team won what game. Then she saw the really smart students who spent their lunch and recess working on extra-credit math problems. Then she saw the kids who didn't take school as seriously as they should. They goofed around and made silly faces when the teacher wasn't looking. Tomorrow she would make friends even if she had to be someone that she wasn't to fit in.
The dismissal bell rang, and Brielle-Elaine couldn't be happier. She raced to her mom's car and slammed the door. Her mom immediately asked her what happened. After explaining to her mom what happened, she burst into tears and yelled, "AND I STILL DON'T HAVE ANY FRIENDS!!!!"
"Don't worry, baby, just be yourself. Everyone will like you. You'll see," Mom suggested sympathetically.
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This book is awesome! I read it to my students as well as my own children and they loved it. The author is in Florida and she will come to your school if you request her....and she does it for FREE!!! The topic in this book is great! BE Yourself!!
This book is a great way to teach children that it is OK to be themselves. Individuality is so far removed from today's classroom. Use this book to begin that discussion with your children