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June 1977

Differentness, Part II

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Brighton Memorial Library 2300 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14618

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(6):716. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120190110029

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Blubber, by Judy Blume (Bradbury, 1974). The cruelty children inflict on each other is highlighted as girls in junior high gang up against a fat classmate. Ages 9 to 12.

Me and Fat Glenda, by Lila Perl (Seabury, 1972). Apart from Glenda's obesity, Sara and Glenda's friendship is a foil for themes of differentness and tolerance. One family seems narrow-minded and conservative, while the other appears too unconventional to their neighbors. Ages 10 to 13.

Why Am I Different? by Norma Simon (Whitman, 1976). This concept book shows a variety of differences: missing teeth, freckles, different family life-styles, preferences, and aptitudes. Illustrations emphasize that being different is fine. Ages 5 to 8.

William's Doll, by Charlotte Zolotow (Harper, 1972). Grandma fulfills William's wish to have a doll, explaining that he can practice to be a father, besides playing with his basketball and other toys his family deems more appropriate. Ages

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