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)

Where Are We?

Title: We’re in the Wrong Book! (2015)

Author: Richard Byrne

Published by: Scholastic

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It is Silly Sunday!  A fun way to end and begin a new week!  For a silly adventure read We’re in the Wrong Book!  Follow Bella and Ben as they are bumped off of the page of their book into another!  They journey through all kinds of different books!  Counting books, comic books, puzzle books, fairy tales, even a scary book!  This is a light-hearted, fun read for kids.  Reading is fun!  You just have to find the right book!  We hope your sunday is silly and fun!
3 other books by Richard Byrne:
▪The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur          (2012)

▪This Book Just Ate My Dog (2014)

▪This Book is Out of Control (2016)

Windy Day!

Title: The Wind Blew (1974)

Author & Illustrator: Pat Hutchins

Published By: Simon & Schuster

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The Wind Blew is our first book featured on Stem Saturday!  Stem is the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Todays book focuses on climate and weather and the effects of wind.  Children will follow this classic tale as the wind gust and picks up peoples  things along the way.  From an umbrella, to a balloon, even a judge’s wig!  The wind floats these items in the air until it stops and throws everything back down!  At the end of the story the wind blows away to sea.  Use this book to discuss wind energy and power with children.  Also discuss the weight of the different types of items the wind could pick up in the book.  Have fun on a windy day by going outside with a collection of items and do your own experiment as to which items the wind blows and those it does not.

3 other books by Pat Hutchins:

▪The Doorbell Rang (1986)

▪Ten Red Apples (2000)

▪Bumpety Bump (2006)