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Janine. by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
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Janine is a story about a girl who is seen as an outcast by one group of kids at school, while another group of kids think she's pretty great. Although not explicitly stated, in the back of the book it states that Janine (this story is based off of the author's daughter) has NLD, CP, and CVI.
I liked how in this story, Janine embraces who she was, and although the other character shut Janine down, there was never a moment where Janine questioned who she was. I loved that positivity that Janine expressed, and many can learn from this. ( )
  ctran1 | Nov 9, 2018 |
Janine, written by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, introduces her daughter to the world by exhibiting her differences. The book focuses on the character's strengths and positive attributes instead of her disabilities. I gave the book four stars because the character's disability is not evident while reading the book. It does not become apparent until the reader reads the author's dedication to her daughter and the end of the book. It would be nice for students to be able to identify or feel some type of the empathy for the character that embraces not only differences, but disabilities. ( )
  Kstanley35 | Sep 4, 2018 |
This book addresses exclusion by the "cool kids." This book may be helpful if a cool kid division arises in the Kindergarten. We do not want to introduce children to the "cool kid" concept unnecessarily.
  childrensschool | Oct 27, 2017 |
Summary: This is a story about a girl named Janine. Janine has some special needs and other kids don't like her for the "weird" things she does. When another girl is handing out invitations to her party and Janine is not invited, Janine decides to throw her own party where everyone is invited. All the other kids want to go to her party instead.
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction. This book is a good example of realistic fiction because it tells a story that doesn't actually happen, but could happen. The main character in this story is based on a real person and real life circumstances, but has not happened before.
Medium: Colored pencil?
Age Appropriateness: Primary and intermediate, possibly middle school.
Use in a classroom: This book allows for conversation to open up about disabilities. Kids would be able to ask questions and discussion could be had to determine how we treat others with a disability. This book could also promote confidence in the individuality of a child and how we include everyone.
  rbrock15 | Feb 20, 2017 |
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: primary or intermediate
Review: This book was about a little girl named Janine who stayed true to herself. Even when girls tried to make Janine change, she embraced being unique. When the girls wouldn't invite Janine to their party, Janine invited everyone her her party. This is realistic fiction because this was believable and could actually happen in real life, even though it wasn't a true story.
Comment on use: This could be used in the classroom to explain how everyone is unique in their own ways. It could also be used to talk about how to include everyone in the class and that we are all friends. ( )
  mdalbeck15 | Feb 18, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807537543, Hardcover)

Meet Janine. She is one of a kind! Janine dresses a little different, remembers random facts, reads the dictionary for fun, and has her own style of cheering. Nobody does things the way Janine does things! One girl in Janine's class is throwing a party and all the COOL kids are invited. But Janine is not cool. Some kids think she is strange and want her to change. Will Janine try to be different or just be her spectacular self? In this charming story, Maryann Cocca-Leffler uses her own daughter as inspiration for a delightfully spunky character. Janine Leffler focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She has become a role model to children and adults, encouraging them to focus on abilities and promoting respect, tolerance, and kindness.

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"Janine is one of a kind. She focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She makes a difference just by being herself"--

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