No one notices tiny Sally McCabe, but she is “paying super extra special attention” to everything around her…..(“she saw Kevin McKuen get pushed off the slide / and the oncoming tears that he wanted to hide”....)
So after taking all this in for a while, Sally takes a stand, in the lunchroom: “I’m tired of seeing this terrible stuff,” she proclaims, sticking her finger emphatically in the air, “Stop hurting each other! This is enough!”
Sally & her determination will strike a chord with our young Reed students, many of them poetically vigilant in their efforts to create a just & fair world.
Smallest Girl offers them the chance to see not only characters many of us can identify with, but the hero within us who proves that size is no barrier.
This book is direct & straightforward; there’s something for everyone to identify with & plenty of opportunity for meaningful discussion as a result.
I couldn't wait to share this as with Sally literally being the smallest girl in the smallest grade, this tale proves anecdotally perfect for our K-2 school.
District wide, RUSD has chosen the 2017-2018 school year to introduce & implement a even stronger anti-bullying program for our students throughout the grades. Smallest Girl ties in with that, reminding our students that every single one of us has a voice & can be an upstander.
Following this story & our discussion on the issues it raises, students will have an opportunity to discuss in particular some of the language, that comes with this program & thereby the tools & understandings at their disposal.
Students will also draw & share their favorite scene from the book, sharing why it resonated with them. I very much hope they will share a sense of empowerment they gain from not just the story itself, but what it allows us to share as a community.
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