We've all met someone who is a bit different than us...
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When I was a little girl, I use to visit the Peanut King in front of our grocery store. He sat in a wheelchair selling peanuts for a living. When someone walked by Merrill pushed a button to a loudspeaker that said, "Would you please buy some peanuts? They are only 50 cents a bag or five bags for two dollars?" Merrill did this for years supporting himself.
Imagine if I hadn't spent that time getting to know Merrill? My life would have been so different. I would have missed out on a great friendship!
It's Alright To Look Different is about a family of chicks that were all the same - except one. He came out a different color than his chick siblings. His brothers and sisters were mean to him. They didn't play games with him or spend any time getting to know him. They sure missed out on a great opportunity to have a special friend. The chick decided to hide away from his siblings and he stayed on the other side of the fence from where they played - all alone. One day a hungry fox happened on the seven chicks. They got scared and huddled in a group. This was a perfect meal for the hungry fox. But, their brother who was on the other side of the fence in a small alley, came to their rescue. He came out of his hole and told the others to go into the alley. The hole was so small that they were safe from the fox. Soon, the fox tired of waiting and left. The brother who looked different saved his entire family!
The story is short, and to the point. Don't miss out on someone or something truly spectacular just because he/she is different than you. I love the story. Every kindergarten and preschool teacher should have a copy of this book and read it to their class the first week of school! Purchase your copy HERE. The book is also available in Spanish.