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Author: Cocca-Leffler, Maryann
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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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 173487
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/15)
School Library Journal (02/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2015 K-Gr 2—Bespectacled Janine reads the dictionary for fun, plays with invisible friends, enjoys singing on the bus, and is kind to everyone. One mean student among her diverse group of classmates judges Janine's behavior as bizarre and makes fun of her, but Janine is content being herself and sees no reason to try to blend in. The taunting classmate invites the "cool" kids to her birthday party, leaving Janine off the guest list and telling her, "You are STRANGE! You have to CHANGE!" Instead of feeling hurt or ostracized, Janine decides to host her own party in which no one will be excluded. Though some of the other children have remained silent and appear to side with the mean girl, they soon realize that Janine is the nicer child and excitedly agree to attend her party. The text, which appears hand-lettered, and the various-sized and brightly colored illustrations, are engaging and offer much movement. Gently dealing with a bully while remaining true to herself, Janine is an admirable character who doesn't need to put someone else down in order to feel good about herself. VERDICT A refreshing tale of being true to oneself.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/15/2015 Janine might act a little differently than other kids, but that doesn’t mean she’s not having a great time. The carefree young girl “sings aloud on the bus, talks to her imaginary friend, and remembers things—lots of things.” Her behavior is different enough that other kids start teasing her, and when she overhears plans for a party and asks if she can come, she gets rebuffed: “It’s only for COOL kids.” But Janine thinks she’s plenty cool. From her coke-bottle glasses to her slouchy, mismatched socks, Janine is one of a kind, and Cocca-Leffler’s stylized illustrations subtly show how her diverse classmates realize that the girl throwing the party isn’t the cool one—it’s Janine, who’s nice to everyone and likes herself just the way she is. Inspired by the author’s daughter, this gentle portrayal of difference is powerful, particularly since nothing can dampen spectacular Janine’s upbeat attitude. Little ones needing some extra encouragement to feel confident should take a lesson from Janine. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.