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Josh is happy it's his first day at school. At recess he wants to play with Annie but the boys tell him boys only play with boys at school. So, he plays soccer and he's not very happy. The boys break a rule and run in the hallway. Josh knows this is wrong, but one of the boys grabs his arm and off he goes sailing through the halls. When Josh goes home he thinks about his day and makes a decision. What will happen tomorrow? Did he play with the boys or Annie? Did he break the rules or keep them? This book by Michael Gordon is another winner. It shows youngsters that they should love themselves and be true to who they are. We adults need this lesson, too. The illustrations are perfect, as always, to keep the kids interested. The story line keeps us wondering what will he do next. I highly recommend all Michael Gordon's books including this one. I received this ARC book in exchange for an honest review.
I thought this was a wonderful book for children - and some of us not-so-children, *cough* - with a lesson of not giving in to peer pressure, but instead being ourselves. I especially liked that the book also included a not-so-subtle message about sexism in youngsters, that it's preferable to only play with their own gender. I never went through a hating boys phase, so I'm delighted that Mr. Gordon is teaching the young crowd that it doesn't have to be that way. I liked the lesson about how following the rules doesn't make one uncool, as well.
In children's books, it's also important to have colorful, vital pictures that capture the eye and help tell the tale. I was therefore quite pleased that "The Way I Am" has beautiful illustrations that are neither too complex nor too simple but are "juuuuust right", in the words of a certain blonde character.
If you and/or your child hasn't read one of Mr. Gordon's books yet, this one is a great one to start with.
This is one of my favorite books by this author. I teach middle school and think every middle school student AND teacher should read this book. It seems that by the time kids reach middle school they forget who they are. They try to do what others do to fit in. Josh learns this lesson on the very first day of school. He bows to peer pressure and doesn’t enjoy himself. That is because he isn’t staying true to who he is. This book has a lesson that everyone of every age should learn.
The Way I am by Michael Gordon Book starts with offer of free ebook and nameplate. Colorful, children's rhyming book about Josh's first day of school. He is SO excited. He is able to tolerate the kids who make fun of what he eats. He's happy being himself rather than others trying to make him into something he is not. Coloring pages are listed at the end. About the author is included along with his other works.
As soon as our little ones venture out to school they are faced with peer pressure. This book takes a simple to understand glance at this issue and gives adults a chance to discuss in advance what their child may face. The pictures are very cute and the story is easy to follow. Helping our children be true to themselves is a priceless gift and this book is a 👍 step in that direction!
This is a great children's book that helps to teach children about peer pressure and personal identities. It addresses the issue of unity in that children need to see the person and not their gender, or other items and to identify with the person that is them without any prejudices.
My grandchildren ages 3 and 7 loved this book. They understood the peer pressure, and really loved that individuality and regardless of gender, being true to yourself is important to happiness! Incredible author with stories that connect to childhood issues!
I recommend this book to all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and teachers. The lesson taught in this book is such an important one and one most of us struggle with. This book explains, in a way that is easy to understand, the importance of being true to yourself. This truly is a wonderful book!
Another great book by this author! The story follows the main character as he struggles to decide between fitting in with his classmates and following the rules/his heart to do what he knows is right for him. That is a challenge for even younger kids, so I think that many children will relate to the feeling.