Who Am I?

Title: Why Am I Me? (2017)

Author: Paige Britt

Illustrated By: Sean Qualls & Selina Alko

Published By: Scholastic Press

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On this Worldly Wednesday we ask, “Why am I me?”…”and not you?”  A very simple answer to this question, per my daughter Lulu, is that it does not even matter because we are all the same!  We are all human beings!  We are all people!  We all live and breathe and we all laugh and cry.  This book poses both a simple and complex question, why are we who we are?  And if you could be someone else who would you be?  And if someone else were you, who would they be?  A question one either can confidently answer OR a question that some struggle to answer their whole lives.

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1 other book by Paige Britt:

▪The Lost Track of Time (2015)

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Sean Qualls also illustrated:

▪Dizzy (2006)

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Selina Alko also illustrated:

▪B is for Brooklyn (2012)

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Sean Qualls & Selina Alko also illustrated:

▪The Case for Loving (2015)

Nyah! Nyah! Nyah!

 Title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing (1995)

Author: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Published By: Random House Inc.

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The Berenstain Bears are here on this Teaching Values Tuesday to teach us about, teasing!  Most of us have teased someone and/or been teased in our lifetime.  Teasing is a part of childhood, but not a good part.  But sometimes only when the teaser becomes the teased do they learn the lesson that teasing hurts.

Brother Bear loves to tease his Sister Bear!  Which may seem normal among siblings.  But Sister Bear did not like it when Brother Bear teased her, she thought he was being very mean when he did so and it hurt her feelings.  Mama Bear told Sister not to be so sensitive, and Papa Bear brushed teasing off as a part of life.  They did not do too much to discourage or prevent Brother from teasing Sister.  Brother only begins to learn his lesson about teasing others when he begins to get teased at school.  He finds that he does not like it, as it makes him sad and angry.  He soon realizes how he makes Sister feel when he teases her.

Unfortunately some people do not learn that teasing is wrong and hurtful at a young age like Brother.  So it is important to address and speak to children about teasing when we see it.  Nip it in the bud before it is allowed to blossom.  Starting at home, siblings, cousins, or any family member should not be allowed to tease one another.  Even if it seems like light-hearted child’s play you do not really know how it is affecting the child it is being directed at.  And tolerating it sends the wrong message to the teaser that it is okay. Yes, we must also teach children how to deal with being teaesed because it is going to happen, but we must stress even more that one should not tease another.  Children often tease because they are jealous, insecure, or do not understand something or someone different than them.  Address the root of teasing to help curb it.  Children who are allowed to tease grow into adults who think it is acceptable  to do so, and it simply is not.

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3 other books by Stan & Jan Berenstain:

▪The BB and the Sitter (1981)

▪The BB and Too Much T.V. (1984)

▪The BB Forget Their Manners  (1985)

Face It!

Title: Freckleface Strawberry (2007)

Author: Julianne Moore

Illustrated By: LeUyen Pham

Published By: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

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Celebrate Me Monday by celebrating yourself!  This is exactly what Freckleface Strawberry did!  Freckleface Strawberry had freckles, (if you had not guessed that by now!), and red hair!  At first Freckleface Strawberry did not embrace her freckles.  She wondered where they came from.  Her father did not have freckles, her mother did not have freckles, her sister did not even have freckles!  Only her baby brother, but he did not count!  Freckleface Strawberry was subjected to the daily teasing and taunting that children do when someone is different than them.  She was told she looked dirty, dotted, and like a giraffe!  Freckleface Strawberry did not want freckles!  She tried everything to get rid of them!  But the freckles remained!  So, she decided just to hide her freckles by wearing a ski mask to cover her face.  She soon finds out that one should not hide from one’s true self!  (Plus, wearing a ski mask all day is hot and itchy!)

Freckleface Strawberry is a wonderful book to teach children to be proud and true to who they are!  Our differences are what sets us apart from one another, making each of us special and unique!  No one should be ashamed of who they are.  Children should embrace their skin, hair, body, abilities, etc…  We cannot expect others to accept who we are unless we first accept and love ourselves! Teach children self-love, self-acceptance, and self-determination.  Children who have a strong sense of self-worth can rise above those who have not yet learned the power of acceptance.  Love thyself and eveything else will fall into place! 🔷

Favorite line in this book: “In fact, she lived happily ever after.” 🔷

3 other books by Julianne Moore:

▪Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully (2009)

▪Freckleface Strawberry Best Friend’s Forever (2011)

▪My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me (2013)

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LeUyen Pham also illustrated:

▪Grace for President (2008)