Sunday, June 23, 2013

{Be Good to Eddie Lee} Mentor Text/Picture Book Linky & Bloglovin!

Linking up with Collaboration Cuties and First Grade and Fabulous for two great linkies...

I want to share a text that has been near and dear to my heart for many moons--one that teaches important character ed lessons.  I discovered Be Good to Eddie Lee by Virginia Fleming 20 years ago!  Since then it has held a special place in my heart and is one that I have read to my students at the beginning of the year--every year (no matter what age).

From Google Books: Christy's mother always tells her to be good to Eddie Lee, a neighborhood child with Down's Syndrome. But Christy wants to run and play -- and not worry about Eddie Lee tagging along. One hot summer day, though, Eddie Lee takes Christy to a secret place in the woods and teaches her that beautiful things can be found in unexpected places.

There is a page in the book where Christy looks into the water and sees her reflection.  I always ask students to take a close look at this picture and talk about what they notice.  When Christy looks into the water, her reflection is somewhat distorted and her face resembles Eddie Lee's.  

Christy is told to "be good to Eddie Lee" but doesn't really understand why,  she experiences peer pressure from Jim Bud, and she finds out what it means to look inside. All of these themes provide for rich discussion.

I do not do any special activity to follow up this book.  It stands alone as a superb lesson.

If you do not have a copy of this one--it is a MUST buy!

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Hoping your week ahead is a great one!


  1. Thanks for linking up---love the illustrations in the story. What a great picture book find for me! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

    1. Thanks for the opportunity to link up! Great idea!

      All the best--

  2. This looks like a fantastic book. I am adding it to my wishlist.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. Oh, I think I'm going to love this book! Thanks for the suggestion!

    Read With Me ABC

  4. I've never seen this book but I can see how valuable it would be! Thanks for sharing and I just linked up to follow via Bloglovin'. We'll see how this goes! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. I am sure you will love it! I used it for many years with fifth graders--works well with older kids too. :0) Happy bloglovin!

      Take care,

  5. I have never heard of this book, but it sounds wonderful. I will have to put it on my must have shopping list. This list keeps growing!

    1. Indeed! The list is never ending, yes? :0)

      Have a great week-

  6. What a sweet book! I think that I have heard of this book but I've never read it! I will have to add this one to my list as well!

    Thank you for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. Looks super. Kiddos need books like this for sure!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  8. This book looks like it would fit in my classroom library perfectly! Love it! Thanks for sharing...going to Amazon now!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching