This is for the shy ones,
The introverts, ready to observe.
This for the gregarious ones,
The extroverts, eager to be heard.
This is for quiet ones,
The ones waiting for their turn.
This is for the noisy ones,
Too squirmy to be still.
This is for all of these who seek perfection,
When none is to be had.
And here is the door wide open,
Welcome one and all!
By pure happenstance I came across a conversation on Twitter about The Not Perfect Hat Club and sat mesmerized, reading the tweets. But, being me, I quickly joined in with questions and comments. I loved the idea of silly hats and posted pictures of me and my getups.
Then I read blog posts from the #NOTPERFECTHATCLUB that @JenaiaMorane and @martysnowpaw founders of @CrittenKin . Adults shared heartfelt stories about feelings of being bullied, rejected, misunderstood and looking for perfection. My heart went out to them and to the stores that were shared about their students. And unfortunately this was all too familiar to me, from my own personal childhood stories, as a well as that of a parent and teacher. I was so excited to hear that a book was in the offing addressing these concerns, not for adults per se, but written for children! A book that children could identify with, in the characters of dogs and children facing their struggles. Then I felt I had to do more than just tweet and post pictures. I decided to support Jena and Marty in any way I could. I dedicated one of my Posts to them and joined their “club.”
I was so honored when Jena asked that I preview her book and I did:
I write this post to share with all of you a book that be a wonderful addition in every school and classroom library. Hope you get a chance to read it and explore it with your students.