Growth Mindset, Skills Children Learn, Tough Stuff

What If Everybody Thought That? By Ellen Javernick

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Back of Book:
If you see someone in a wheelchair, you might think he or she couldn’t compete in a race. But…you might be wrong. What if you see a child with no hair? Do you think she is embarrassed all the time? How about a kid who has a really hard time reading? Do you think that means he’s not smart? You might think so. But…you might be wrong.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Two Lions Press in exchange for an honest review.
I was excited to see that Ellen Javernick wrote another book in her What If Everyone Series. This story focuses on the importance of not making assumptions based on peoples appearance.  It opens the door for discussions on inclusion and how to treat all people with kindness and respect. The text is written with speech bubbles which let the reader follow along easily.  The illustrations by Colleen Madden are a perfect blend of both realistic and colorful images.
In reading this story, I quickly began to think of all the ways that I can use it to teach my social and emotional standards. It opens readers eyes to different ideas and shows them how they embrace people instead of misunderstanding them.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages 

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