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Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2018
One of the magical gifts of stories is how we may see ourselves and examine our behavior without pointing a shaming finger, We Don't Eat Our Classmates gifts its readers with this magic. Penelope is a T-Rex, and well, humans ARE on the food chain for this cute little dinosaur. Penelope is endearing, she has to deal with the unexpected surprise that she is an a school full of HUMANS, she has to deal with her innate desire to eat these delicious classmates, and find a way to curb this desire as she does wish to make friends, not eat them! Families and classrooms will love Penelope, laugh out loud at the difficulties Penelope faces, her classmates' reactions, and how she has the opportunity to experience "How would you feel if someone did that to you?". Readers will also have the opportunity to identify themselves with Penelope (hopefully not because they've eaten a classmate!), comparing actions they have taken that were not in the best interest of themselves or others, and explore how they did, or can, turn these situations around, learn from them, use empathy, start over and make friends. Humor is one of the best ways to make tough discussions accessible!
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