Arlene is on the SCENE

Arlene in every school!

Posted on: September 22, 2010

Arlene on the Scene is a fun way to introduce kids to the idea of celebrating differences, whether those differences involve ability, personality, culture, religion, whatever!   Throughout much of the book, Arlene mistakenly refers to her classmates using labels based on visible characteristics.  At the same time, she struggles to erase her own visible difference.  By the end of the story, Arlene realizes the whole thing should be turned around.  She comes to understand that there is much more to her classmates than what she can see at a glance.  And she must trust that others will see beyond her disability as well.  Trying to “erase” her difference only leads Arlene to further misunderstandings with her peers and a lower self-confidence within.

Arlene on the Scene sends a clear message: it’s all about embracing everything that you are–strengths, weaknesses, differences, the whole package.  When you are comfortable with who you are, lots of other things fall into place!

From our own professional work in schools, we envision this book as an excellent way to spark discussion about disability, difference, self-concept, and a host of valuable ideas for students.  Consider introducing Arlene to your local school counselor, teacher, or principal.  We hope to do school visits as much as we can in our local areas.  Contact us for more information!

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