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review 2016-10-29 16:46
Red: A Crayon's Story
Red: A Crayon's Story - Michael Hall,Michael Hall

Written and illustrated by Michael Hall


Red is a crayon with a bright red label, but no matter how hard he tries to be, he just can't be red. His teacher tries to help him be red by suggesting that he color strawberries, but it doesn't work. His mother sets him up on a playdate with Yellow and tells them to draw a nice orange together, but that doesn't work either. The scissors try to help by snipping off his red label so that he has more room to breathe, but Red is still miserable. He can't be red no matter what he does! A new friend offers a new perspective, and Red figures out what readers could see from the start - he's blue!


This book would be great for the lower elementary grades for a discussion on being true to your inner self. Being comfortable with who you are is majorly important for your overall level of happiness. This book would also work to talk about diversity, since everyone is different and may even be different on the inside from what everyone sees on the outside.

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review 2016-09-27 19:00
The Hallo-Wiener
The Hallo-wiener - Dav Pilkey

Written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey


Oscar the dachshund is constantly teased by his peers for the way he looks. On Halloween, Oscar dreams of having a scary costume to fit in with the other dogs. However, when he gets home from school, his sweet mother has a surprise for him: an embarrassing hot dog bun costume! Not wanting to hurt her feelings, Oscar thanks his mother and wears the costume out trick-or-treating. The other dogs howl with laughter as Oscar struggles to keep up with them, but his bun slows him down. The other dogs race ahead and get all of the candy before Oscar. Suddenly, a terrifying monster comes out of nowhere and scares all of the dogs into a pond. Oscar runs to the rescue, and reveals that the scary monster is nothing more than a couple of cats in a costume. The dogs are grateful for Oscar's help, and they give him all of their candy and promise never to make fun of him again.


This book is absolutely one of my favorites. It could be used in first or second grade for a variety of lessons, including self-image (how does Oscar view himself?), emotions (how does Oscar feel when the other dogs make fun of him?), bullying (how the other dogs treat Oscar), and character traits (how the other dogs treat Oscar and how he responds), to name just a few. The Hallo-Wiener is a great Halloween read-aloud!

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review 2016-09-03 18:21
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

Written and illustrated by David Shannon


Camilla loves lima beans. However, she fears the judgement of her peers, so she does not eat them. When she tries to fit in with the other students at school, rainbow stripes pop up on her body. Throughout the story, her appearance changes based on her surroundings and even on suggestions shouted out by her peers. When the cure is finally discovered, it will surprise everyone!


This book would be great for the beginning of the school year with first grade to third grade to open a discussion about diversity and self-image.

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review 2016-06-30 04:18
Dumplin' - completely unique and so satisfying.
Dumplin' - Julie Murphy

This is perfection. Also it was hilarious, so glad I didn't read Dumplin' in public.

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