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Woodson, Jacqueline.
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012
IL K-3, RL 2.8

(3 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

When was the last time you treated someone kindly? Was there a time when you could have been kind, but chose to be mean instead? Do we treat others the way we would like to be treated? Maya is a new student. She wears second hand clothing, broken sandals, and obviously comes from a poor background. She tries to make friends, but is rejected by Chloe and her friends who make fun of Maya and refuse to include her. When Maya’s family has to move and she is no longer there, Chloe begins to feel guilty and sorry for the way she behaved. How can she ever make up for her hurtful behavior toward Maya? This meaningful and emotional story about a lesson in kindness will cause you to reflect on how you behave toward others. 
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

Booktalk #2

Have you ever done something that you wish you could change? Have you ever met a bully? Chloe and her friends do not want to play or be friends with Maya, the new girl in their class. She is different and doesn’t wear new clothes. Maya tries to play and talk with them, but they ignore her. After Maya moves away, Chloe learns an important lesson and is sad that it is too late to make up for not being kind. Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.    (South Carolina Picture Book Award, 2015.  Prepared by: Martha Taylor, McLees Academy of Leadership,

Booktalk #3

Have you ever made fun of someone because of their clothes or the way they looked?  Has anyone ever made fun of you?  Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl Maya because her clothes are not the most fashionable and her obvious poverty.  When her teacher gives a lesson on kindness, Chloe begins to regret her decisions.  But can she undo all the hurtful things she has done?

SUBJECTS:     Kindness -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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