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Janine. Hardcover – March 1, 2015
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Bespectacled Janine reads the dictionary for fun, plays with invisible friends, enjoys singing on the bus, and is kind to everyone. One mean student among her diverse group of classmates judges Janine's behavior as bizarre and makes fun of her, but Janine is content being herself and sees no reason to try to blend in. The taunting classmate invites the "cool" kids to her birthday party, leaving Janine off the guest list and telling her, "You are STRANGE! You have to CHANGE!" Instead of feeling hurt or ostracized, Janine decides to host her own party in which no one will be excluded. Though some of the other children have remained silent and appear to side with the mean girl, they soon realize that Janine is the nicer child and excitedly agree to attend her party. The text, which appears hand-lettered, and the various-sized and brightly colored illustrations, are engaging and offer much movement. Gently dealing with a bully while remaining true to herself, Janine is an admirable character who doesn't need to put someone else down in order to feel good about herself. VERDICT A refreshing tale of being true to oneself.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI
"Gently dealing with a bully while remaining true to herself, Janine is an admirable character who doesn't need to put someone else down in order to feel good about herself. A refreshing tale of being true to oneself." School Library Journal, February 1, 2015
"Inspired by the author's daughter, this gentle portrayal of difference is powerful, particularly since nothing can dampen spectacular Janine's upbeat attitude. Little ones needing some extra encouragement to feel comfortable just they way they are should take a lesson from Janine." Booklist, March 15, 2015
"Cocca-Leffler's portrayals of her heroine illuminate her thoughtfulness, resilience, and self-assuredness, and while the story's message is far from subtle, it may encourage children who don't fit in (and wouldn't have it any other way)." Publishers Weekly, January 19, 2015
"It's nice to examine how a group can choose kindness and thus take away a bully's power. Charming illustrations highlight Janine's independent style and unfailing optimism. Teachers looking for a positive solution should reach for this one." Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2015
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Thank you Maryann and Janine for sharing your personal life with all of us to be able to better understand what our children deal with in everyday life! We already sent a copy to our grandchildren in Alabama! They love their Uncle Cody and I truly believe this book will help them to better understand Cody's life that much more!
An A+ from our family a job well done my friend!
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