Black, White, Just Right!

Last updated Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Author: Marguerite Davol
Illustrator: Irene Trivas
Date of Publication: 1993
ISBN: 0807507857
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2005

Synopsis: A girl explains how her parents are different in color, tastes in art and food, and pet preferences, and how she herself is different too but just right.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  How are you like your mom and dad? How are you different? How about your sisters/ brothers?
•  What do you like to do with your family?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  The girl says she?s ?just right? - what does she mean?
•  What makes you unique? Do you walk fast or slow? Do you like cats or dogs? Etc.

Craft ideas:
•  Make a family tree with pictures of your mom/dad/grandparents, etc.
•  Draw your favorite things on a strip of paper, and make a hat out of it.

Special activities:
•  Tell the group about your family tree

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!