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THE GOLD-THREADED DRESS
Candlewick Press, 2002
IL 3-6, RL 5.3
We have all wanted things that
weren’t good for us and we’ve been willing to take chances with important
things and people to reach these inappropriate goals. So, we can all understand
how Oy feels and how the beautiful dress becomes a means to being accepted.
In this charming story, we see how we are all alike in some ways even though
we are all so unique and different. It encourages us to value our differences
and learn how to deal with others who don’t. It helps us see who and what
is really important.
by: Marcia S. Russo for
South Carolina Children's Book Award nominees 2005
Fourth-grader Oy, a Thai-American
student new to a predominately Mexican-American school, struggles to fit
into the popular group of girls. Trouble follows when the girls see Oy’s
treasured ceremonial Thai dress and decide to include it in their club
initiation rites. This brief, but well-written story delicately describes
Oy’s emotions and inner conflicts as she searches for an understanding
of herself and her classmates in this uncomfortable, yet familiar, peer
State Young Reader’s Award Program, 2004-2005)
Oy is a shy fourth grader struggling
to find her place in a new school. Desperate to make friends and fit in
with the popular girls, she promises to bring in her gold- threaded dress
worn only for special Thai ceremonies. What harm could possibly come to
the dress in one day at school? Oy will be very careful, but will that
be enough? Read this story to find out what consequences Oy will face.
(Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)
Identity -- Fiction.
Thai Americans -- Fiction.
Prejudices -- Fiction.
Moving, Household -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction
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