|Seriously! How cute is she?|
(Sidebar: Maria taught 1st grade in my current district for several years. I remember seeing her and even sitting next to her at various professional development meetings. I remember being impressed by her sweet, lively personality. Little did I know at the time of my brush with greatness! It's funny how things like that happen.) :)
I received a copy of Maria Dismondy's newest book, Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! Like her other stories, this book's message of the importance of treating others with kindness and empathy was written in a way that really resonates with young children.
But what will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Will he join in the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story where student differences are celebrated. Read to find out how chocolate milk plays a major role in the discovery of the real universal language.
Check it out on Amazon here! You can read more about Maria, her books, and find all kinds of other great resources on her website here!
I read this story to my class earlier this week. Maybe it's just me, but it couldn't have come at a more perfect time. This time of year can be difficult because the students are comfortable with one another (and me!) AND they are excited because the weather is nice AND they know the end is in sight (#eightmoreweeksbutwhoscounting). Mix that all together and it can sometimes result in not-so-nice behaviors. This book serves up a refreshing reminder that kindness always matters, no matter what...milk mustache not included. :)
After reading the book aloud, my class and I brainstormed a list of ways we can demonstrate kindness to others:
It seems only fitting to end this post and the book blog tour in the words of Ellen DeGeneres, because she and Maria are spreading the same message: BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER.