Friday, December 14, 2012

The Hueys in the New Sweater

The Hueys in the New Sweater By Oliver Jeffers
Grades K-3

Oliver Jeffers is pure genius at work. I adore his children's books and this one is no exception. The thing about the Hueys was that they were all the same. Until one Huey knitted himself a nice new sweater and was as proud as could be. At first the Hueys think he looks strange, after all he no longer looks exactly like them. But when another Huey also knits himself a sweater being different starts to catch on. Soon all the Hueys are wearing exactly the same sweater and they're all different now. Except really none of them are. Get it?! Such a fun book and the best part is the end when it shows itself to be a circle story with a Huey named Rupert deciding he'd like to wear a hat.

Discussion Seed: Discuss what it means to be different, why it's important to respect others' differences, etc. I think this book could easily tie in with a social skills lesson about bullying.

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