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BOOK COMPANION

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

Duration icon Duration: 1 hour

Grades icon Grades: All grades

Group size icon Format: Live and virtual

Workshop description

Join Princess Fiona as she tells the story of how her life changed when she met an ogre named Shrek. You will sing, dance, and act your way through her story, bringing the fairytale creatures she meets along the way to life. By the end of the story, you will learn that what makes you special makes you strong!

We will also be reading the book Just Ask! by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Just like the fairytale creatures in Shrek, the kids in this book know that their differences are what makes them amazing. You may even meet a friend in this book who is just like you!

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Book companion

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique. A #1 New York Times bestseller! Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award! Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful. In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges--and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we're not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask.

Author:

Supreme Court Justice: Sonia Sotomayor

Publisher:

Penguin Young Readers Group

Book companion

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique. A #1 New York Times bestseller! Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award! Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful. In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges--and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we're not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask.

Author:

Supreme Court Justice: Sonia Sotomayor

Publisher:

Penguin Young Readers Group

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What You'll Need

  • Computer, tablet or smartphone with a stable internet connection. Video and sound on.
  • WORKSHOP 1: paper plates (one per student), brown paper bags (one per student, plus extras), sharpies or black markers, scissors, white glue, ribbon (any color, no wider than ½-inch), coloring supplies of choice: crayons/markers/colored pencils/etc.), Round objects of choice: buttons, pompoms, googly eyes, big rhinestones, etc. NOTE: students can have fun choosing which of these items to use as Gingy’s eyes and gumdrop buttons. Use whatever is most convenient for your classroom, but please give students at least two options to choose from.
  • WORKSHOP 2: blank paper or notebook paper (one sheet per student), pencils (one per student).
  • WORKSHOP 3: blank or notebook paper (two sheets per student), pencils (one per student), coloring supplies of choice: crayons/markers/colored pencils/etc.
  • WORKSHOP 4: seven Sentence Story worksheet (one copy per student), pencils (one per student).