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THE ONLY ONE CLUB

Author: Jane Naliboff

Illustrator: Jeff Hopkins

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Publisher: Flashlight Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Jennifer is the only Jewish child in her class. She emphasizes her uniqueness by founding her own club. When she realizes that inclusion is the true solution to her dilemma, she offers membership to classmates who are the "only one" with a certain quality. This is a book about choices and consequences.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 6 to 12

Reading Level: 3.4

Adult Reader Reaction: Without attempting to be politically correct, author Jane Naliboff offers her readers a realistic context to discuss diversity without the typical exclusion that takes place when differences are a part of the equation. Naliboff underscores each of our unique qualities without preference for one over the other.

Pros: I strongly recommend this book for its readability and its high quality treatment of a difficult subject. It celebrates differences within a group setting. In the end, each person is allowed to celebrate his unique qualities--together with everyone else.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a story whose lessons never get old (and which need to be resurfaced with our kids from time to time).

If You Liked This Book, Try: I ONLY LIKE WHAT I LIKE   MISS SPIDER'S TEA PARTY   MOONBEAR'S FRIEND

Educational Themes: The lessons are endless when the book is celebrating differences. If nothing else, we can reinforce kids to look for the positive first.

Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Hohlbaum, SAHM Expert for ClubMom and author of Diary of a Mother, wrote this profile.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, friendship, Judaism, multicultural, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

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