Wednesday, June 4, 2014

YOU'RE WEARING THAT TO SCHOOL?! by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Sue Cornelison

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
AR Quiz No. 162204 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

The first day of school is approaching and Penelope is so excited! Her friend Tiny, not so much.  "Starting school is tricky," he says.  Penelope asks what he means and he responds, "Like clothes!  What will you wear the first day?"  She says she will wear her sparkle rainbow outfit - a turquoise tutu, a pink feather boa, and colorful, striped stockings.  Tiny is appalled and "helps" her find an "acceptable" outfit.  He doesn't like her idea of bringing a picnic for lunch or her choice for show-and-tell.  He pretty much makes Penelope - NOT Penelope.
In the end Penelope chooses to be herself (YAY Penelope!)  She wears her sparkle outfit, packs a picnic lunch and brings her favorite stuffed animal for show-and-tell.  And you know what? Her new friends like her just the way she is.

This is one of those books that I am conflicted about.  On one hand, the lesson about being yourself is a good one.  On the other hand, Penelope's friend Tiny criticizes everything about her - what she wears, what she eats and even what she wants to bring for show-and-tell.  That's not my idea of being a friend.  While Tiny's criticism is made with good intentions - he just wants Penelope to fit in - he comes off as judgmental when he should be supportive. You could, I suppose, start a discussion with your child about what being a good friend means to them.

I applaud Penelope for her decision to be herself and her new friends for liking her just the way she is.  Here's hoping Tiny learned something too!

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

You're Wearing That to School?! can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

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