Saturday, June 22, 2013
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator: E.B. Lewis
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Year: 2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: featured on the "Calling Caldecott" blog, Coretta Scott King honor book, Jane Addams Peace Award, Charlotte Zolotow Award, School Library Journal Best Book
Summary: A new girl named Maya comes to school and Chloe and her friends are unkind to her because she is different. Even though Maya keeps trying, the other girls continue to make fun of her and leave her out. Finally, Chloe's teacher shows her the consequences of her choices, but it is too late because Maya and her family have moved away.
Classroom Ideas: This book could be used by a teacher or guidance counselor to discuss kindness and the consequences for actions. The theme is well articulated and includes a metaphor for kindness in a stone.