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BC: A Storybook created by Meghan L. Wright Midway College December 2011

FC: Fitting In Is Just Plain Hard | A Book Comparison by Meghan Wright

1: The following is a comparison of the following books. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

2: Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary focuses on Ramona Quimby and her sister Beezus as they grow up. Beezus is now in Junior High and Ramona must fit in at her new elementary school alone. Here is irritated by a boy named Yard Ape and discovers that her teacher doesn't like her. Ramona's family has both of her parents and her father is going back to school while her mom works full time. | The Stories

3: The Hundred Dress by Eleanor Estes is based on Wanda Petronski who is a Polish immigrant who can only afford to wear the same blue dress everyday to school. A small group of girls taunt this girl daily until one week when Wanda doesn't show up for class. | Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry showcases a pessimistic young Anastasia and her parents as they await the arrival of her baby brother. Anastasia thinks everything is dumb and she keeps a green notebook with a list of things she loves and of those that she hates.

4: Point of View | Told in Third Person. Book was written in 1979 and takes place during that time.

5: Told in First Person by another key character Peggy. Book was written in 1944 and takes place during post WWI era. This is also semi-autobiographical | Told in Third Person Book was written in 1981 and takes place during that time.

6: Story Climaxes & Resolutions | Anastasia is negative about everything and mostly certainly about this new baby brother who will arrive any day. Anastasia is convinced that her parents have given up on her so when the baby is born and her father comes to get her, she realizes that he and her mother truly do love her. Up to this point, Anastasia has kept a green notebook with her likes and dislikes to which she eventually crosses everything off of her dislike list and adds them to the like list. Not everything is as horrible as she thought.

7: Ramona Quimby, Age 8 builds up to the climax where Ramona vomits in class...in front of everyone. Ramona is horribly embarrassed and through this event, she overhears her teacher call her a nuisance . The second climax in the story comes when Ramona confronts her teacher regarding her comment to which the teacher explains that she was referring to the vomiting and not her. This relieves Ramona immensely. | Wanda Petronski has been bullied by her mostly wealthier classmates about how many dresses she actually has at home since she always wears the same one. Eventually these girls notice that Wanda is no longer at school and then they hear that she has moved away. Two girls go looking for her and end up writing her a letter telling her she has won the drawing contest. Weeks later Wanda writes the class back to which the girls are relieved.

8: Graphics | Graphics | Anastasia Krupnik | Ramona Quimby, Age 8

9: The Hundred Dresses

10: Lessons Learned | From Ramona Quimby, Age 8: ~Sometimes your enemies are friends. ~There are two sides to every story. ~Love and family is what you should always come home to. ~The stability of a family. | From The Hundred Dresses: ~Bullying can have life changing consequences. ~The differences in social classes. ~What a guilty conscience feels like. ~Forgiveness ~Acceptance

11: From Anastasia Krupnik: How keeping a journal can help you sort your thoughts. Being negative all the time isn't good for you. ~There are two sides to every story. ~First impressions can be wrong. | My favorite book was The Hundred Dresses because my mom was extremely poor growing up and often ridiculed for wearing the same outfit for days at a time. As a teacher, this book spoke the most to be on the watch for bullying and to somehow find a way to stop it. Socioeconomic diversity is a huge roadblock in Kentucky schools and I aim to read this book to my students.

12: Cleary, B. (1981). Ramona Quimby, Age 8. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books. Estes, E. (11944). The Hundred Dresses. New York: Harcourt, Inc. Jones, C. (2009, October 5). 'Hundred Dresses' tale of bullies and bystanders is the best yet by Chicago Children's Theater. Retrieved from The Theater Loop-Chicago Tribune Blog: http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2009/10/hundred-dresses-tale-of-bullies-and-bystanders-is-the-best-yet-by-chicago-chidrens-theatre-.html Lowry, L. (1979). Anastasia Krupnik. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. | References

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Meghan Wright
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About This Mixbook

  • Title: Fitting In is Just Plain Hard
  • Over the span of 70 years, three authors have captured the essence of a little girls growing up and trying to fit in, each with individual challenges that they must overcome.
  • Tags: challenges, growing up, girls, bullying, parents, siblings, school, elementary school
  • Published: about 5 years ago

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