One of Us
The familiar story of a new kid's struggle to fit in at school gets a wry twist in this lively picture book. Roberta receives a warm welcome from Carmen and her friends, who do their hair like Roberta does. But they turn away when she runs toward the monkey bars: they don't play on the playground. The monkey-bar kids invite her to their lunch table, but then they see her daisy lunchbox. Other kids with flowered lunchboxes wave her over, but then they make fun of her pita roll-up. The story's message of diversity comes when Anna, who likes baseball, the trumpet, car racing, and ballet, tells Roberta, "You are one of us," precisely because each one of Anna's group is different. Ages 5 and up.