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Clarence Paperback – July 5, 2017
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About the Author
Stephanie Baruffi is an Early Literacy Specialist who lives in New Jersey with her husband Art and their three sons. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rowan University with a Masters in Reading Education in 2014. Her grandfather Clarence, who passed away in 2012, inspired this book. He loved his big family too and truly did have a big, beautiful set of ears! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Clarence is about a boy who is different from his family in looks and demeanor. He is being bullied because he is different but soon learns that being different isn't a bad thing and differences can be resolved amongst classmates and family members.
Zander Liked this story because it gives you a lesson in life. That even though people are different, you can still be friends.
Virginia liked this story because with Clarence being bullied, it taught him how not to treat others. He knew how it felt so he treated others with kindness. He also had a wonderful grandmother who taught him how to see himself.
Elyssa liked this story for the meaning it holds. Things like this happen in real life as well and children can learn from this story.
Zander and Virginia did not find anything they didn't like about Clarence, while Elyssa only wished it was more descriptive.
My Thoughts and Rating:
I absolutely loved reading this story to my children and getting their feedback on it. Hearing what they were able to take from it, warms my heart. We need more stories like these to help our children learn and grow. i also loved that in doing so, they were able to help me write this review. An Adults perspective is so different from a child's in most cases. I'm glad we were all on this same page with This Story.
I highly recommend this book be one you read with your children, and my kids agree.
We give this Story 5 Stars
ABLS Admin with guest reviewers Elyssa, Zander and Virginia
On a brilliant way the author show children (and adults) there is a way out. With a little help of his nonna the great, things are changing in the life of Clarence. His grandma gives Clarence the bell from his grandpa, his nonno, who also looked like Clarence, was otherwise than the rest. It gives him strength. Something to touch or look at on a moment the child has to deal with problems himself. It could have been a stone or something else. Clarence looks in to the bell, he start to accept himself. He reply the boy that bully him, afterwards they even become friends.
And when the warm Italian family make him clear that however he looks or whatever he does, he is family and they love him.
I very much recommend this easy read with this great morals.
A fantastic book which I would recommend as reading for any child!
Supplied by the Author for review.