Do you have a child who suffers with self-esteem issues? Or maybe you have a child who may be by no fault of their own has a disability?? Or do they have a friend who may be different?? Then do I have an excellent resource for you. There is a book called Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson. This book will help to explain that being different can be a cool thing.
Basically in this cute story, Willie, the main character, has a problem. He has slippery feet. They are so slippery that for him to be able to walk without falling he must wear special shoes. Willie does not want to wear the special shoes because he is afraid he will be made fun of by the kids at school. He thinks that because his shoes are different from everyone else’s that he will be the cause of a laughing spree. He has a dream about what occurs at school when he wears his shoes. He is so scared when he wakes up that he refuses to wear his shoes but his mom makes him.
Will Willie wear his shoes? Will bad things happen to him? Will he be laughed at because of his shoes ? To find out the answers to all the above questions check out Slippery Willie’s Stupid Ugly Shoes. Your children will discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.
This book would be an excellent birthday or Christmas present not only for a child, but being a teacher myself, this would be an excellent resource to use in the classroom. So make sure that you get one for every teacher on your list as well.
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