Saturday, August 11, 2007

In Jesse's Shoes

Title: In Jesse's Shoes
Author: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany Backyard, 2007.
ISBN: 0-7642-0313-4.

Do people act differently than you think they should? Are you one of those people who judge others before you get to know someone? Or are you influenced by what other people say about a person rather than getting to know them first?

Allie has an older brother Jesse who stares at things such as, ladybugs, rain puddles and honeysuckle blossoms. She gets tired of always waiting for him. She has to try to keep him moving so he doesn't miss the school bus. She challenges Jesse to try and catch up with Marcus Anderson. Other kids all call him a "dummy" which upsets Allie and she is referred to as the "dummy's sister." Jesse encourages Allie to walk in Jesse's shoes. She tries them on and discovers some valuable information. A new girl comes to their school and she knows what Allie does. God makes everyone special and has made everyone in the way which He wanted to.

"In Jesse's Shoes" is an excellent book for kids of all ages to learn that differences in people are a part of life. Everyone is special in God's eyes. I loved this book and want to keep it and use it in my classroom when I am a teacher someday. I think is a must read for all kids so they learn to accept others for their uniqueness and abilities. Maybe if every person would learn to accept people's differences, the world would become a better place.