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One of Us

One of Us

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In ONE OF US, by Peggy Moss and illustrated by Penny Weber, Carmen tells Roberta on her first day at a new school that she’s one of them. Roberta gladly sits with the rest of the straight-up-hair girls until she hears they don’t play on the monkey bars. Roberta loves the monkey bars and leaps at the chance to swing with the monkey-bar posse, until she hears they don’t carry flowered lunch-boxes like she does. Roberta moves from group to group, just trying to be herself, until it seems she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Then Roberta discovers some kids just like her, everyone’s different and they like it that way!

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In ONE OF US, by Peggy Moss and illustrated by Penny Weber, Carmen tells Roberta on her first day at a new school that she’s one of them. Roberta gladly sits with the rest of the straight-up-hair girls until she hears they don’t play on the monkey bars. Roberta loves the monkey bars and leaps at the chance to swing with the monkey-bar posse, until she hears they don’t carry flowered lunch-boxes like she does. Roberta moves from group to group, just trying to be herself, until it seems she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Then Roberta discovers some kids just like her, everyone’s different and they like it that way!

Reviews:

“When Roberta James arrives at Baker School, it’s only natural for her to seek out other students with common interests. The only problem is that when she joins various groups of students who, say,wear their hair a particular way or play specific games on the playground, she finds that they tend to exclude anyone who isn’t exactly like them. Roberta feels discouraged–it seems there are no groups who  value individuality–until she is hailed by a table of kids eating pita roll-ups, and they proclaim their diverse interests with pride and acceptance. When Roberta itemizes some of her interests, expecting to be ousted yet again for not being the same, her newfound friends claim she is “perfect” because she is different from everyone else. This is a simple but powerful story about diversity, friendships, acceptance of others despite apparent differences, and the importance of being oneself. The bright, detailed illustrations, many of which abundantly fill two pages, include children whose facial expressions clearly  reflect their distain or approval of others.” -Maggie Chase, Boise State University, Library School Journal: Gr 1-3

“The familiar story of a new kid’s struggle to fit in at school gets a wry twist in this lively picture book, and many kids will recognize the dramatic scenarios from classroom to playground to cafeteria. Roberta receives a warm welcome from Carmen and her friends, who do their hair like Roberta does. “You are one of us,” they tell her. But they turn away when she runs toward the monkey bars: they don’t play on the playground. The monkey-bar kids invite her to their lunch table, but then they see her daisy lunchbox. Other kids with flowered lunchboxes wave her over, but then they make fun of her pita roll-up, so she joins the table full of kids with pita roll-ups, but they all wear cowboy boots and she still feel left out. The contrasts between the smiley welcomes and the scowling stand-offs in the bright double-page spreads dramatize the cliques in action. The story’s message of diversity comes when Anna, who likes baseball, the trumpet, car racing, and ballet, tells Roberta, “You are one of us,” precisely because each one of Anna’s group is different.” -Hazel Rochman, Booklist Preschool-Grade 2

“With humor and heart, One of Us explores the stress of peer pressure and what is truly lost when we try to fit in. Its simple, powerful message: true friends respect what makes you who you are. This is a terrific conversation starter for parents and teachers, and a must-read for kids”. -Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl

Honors and Awards:

Society of School Librarians International (SSLI) 2010 Best Book Award, Language Arts Picture Books

Alabama Department of Education’s Camellia Award

About the Author/Illustrator:

Peggy Moss, author of Say Something and Our Friendship Rules, worked as an assistant attorney general in Maine in the civil rights unit and as associate director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence. Peggy now works with schools to prevent bullying and teasing. She has provided workshops to students and teachers from kindergarten to the college level in Maine, Tennessee, Toronto, and points in between, helping students and educators create school environments that feel safe for everyone. A freelance writer, Peggy lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.

Penny Weber has worked as a mural painter, greeting-card illustrator, and portrait artist. Her children’s books include On My Way to School, written by the children of Tanzania and published by First Person Publishing, and Amazingly Wonderful Things, to be released in early 2011 by Raven Tree Press. Penny lives on Long Island in New York with her husband and three children and their cat Tiger.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 10.00 x 1.016 in
Pages

32

Illustrator

Penny Weber

ISBN

978-0-88448-322-9

Format

Hardcover

Author

Peggy Moss

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