Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sister Anne's Hands by Marybeth Loribiecki

Title: Sister Anne's Hands
Author: Marybeth Loribiecki
Illustrator: Wendy Popp
Publisher / Date: Penguin Group / 2000
Genre: Fiction; Picture Book
Themes: Friendship; Culture & Diversity
Summary: Set in the early 1960's Anna has a new teacher, Sister Anne. Sister Anne is the first person Anna has ever seen with dark skin. Anna is surprised by a racist comment from another student and is sad for her teacher. Sister Anne teaches a valuable lesson in how she responds to the comment in this story of diversity and acceptance.
Curriculum Connections: Grades K-5: Social Studies: Cultural Diversity; Character and Values
Notes: Wonderful story with beautiful illustrations that tenderly deals with a difficult topic. After reading, have students trace their own hand and the hand of a classmate with the thumbs and pointer fingers of opposite hands are touching and form an upside down heart. Have the students illustrate their own traced hands with symbols that represent their uniqueness. 

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