It is Sumi's first day of school. Everything there is strange and different to her. Even the language! Everyone else is speaking in English, but this is not her first language - all she knows how to say is "Hello, my name is Sumi."
Sumi is not at all sure that she will like school. She thinks it is a lonely, scary, and mean place, and a little boy makes squinty eyes at her and sticks out his tongue at her. But after the teacher talks to the boy he comes to talk to her. "She could tell he was saying something nice, even though she didn't know what it was." The teacher smiles at her, and she is able to make friends with a little girl on the playground as they both draw pictures in the dirt. Perhaps everything will be alright.
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Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 8 years old
Family Reading Time: Read this book with your grade school children as well - especially if they are learning English as a second language, or have someone in their class who is.
- What does communication mean?
- What are other ways that we communicate besides using words (for example, drawing, body language, sounds, facial expressions, etc.)
- How did Sumi know the boy in class was making fun of her? How did she know when he came and talked to her that he was trying to be nice?
- What language do you speak at home? Why do some people speak a different language at home than they do at school or work?
- What are some ways we can be kind to people who speak a different language than we do?
- Drawing picture in sand/salt/etc
- Communication game
- Faces game
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book