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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