Thursday, March 27, 2014
Great book that tackles tolerating peoples differences as well as the hurt of bullying
Thoughtful and beautifully written story by early elementary school teacher Lisa C. Ockun about two very good friends that see past their differences to really enjoy each other. Young Lucy is best friends with Dougie, a boy with lovely almond shaped eyes. They play very well together, and one day, Dougie is teased by a group who refer to him as a "retard". Lucy doesn't understand what that means, and her mother gives a realistic response explaining that not everyone is the same. She teaches her daughter the lesson that our differences make for a more varied and interesting world. Sweet message in a sweet book about the unconditional love that true friendship brings. The story teaches the child a life long lesson of the many varieties of things in the world and the appreciation to understand their value.
Carole P. Roman