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One of Us

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  42 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Roberta is welcomed by different groups on her first day at a new school, only to be told she does not fit in with them for some reason, but by the next day, members of each group have begun to see that they do not have to be alike in every way.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2010 by Tilbury House
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Kim Foy
Mar 28, 2012 Kim Foy rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship, diversity
This is a great book to use when teaching about individual differences and diversity. Roberta is new to the school and at first is unsure she will fit in since she is different from the other children. However,she soon discovers that not just her, but all of her classmates are different in many ways and thats okay.
Feb 13, 2012 Alana rated it it was amazing
One of Us by Peggy Moss is about a young girl, named Roberta James, who begins going to a new school. Roberta encounters a variety of groups of people, including a group that has girls with similar hair styles, a group of kids who like to play on the monkey bars, a group that has the same style of lunch box, and more. Roberta goes from group to group based on her interests. I really enjoyed this story because I loved the moral that it teaches to it's readers; this story describes how everyone is ...more
Stuart Willy
Mar 24, 2013 Stuart Willy rated it did not like it
One of Us – by Peggy Moss (Illustrated by Penny Webber)

I came across this book during my second school based training and it is clearly written for purpose. That purpose is to get across the message that bullying can come in many guises, some of them subtle, including excluding people from your group. It follows the first day at school for Roberta who meets a number of different groups at school, all of which have their own rules for playing with them. The result is that Roberta feels frustrated
Sauda Abdullah
One of us is a fictional story focused on trying to fit in. The main idea is being true to yourself. Roberta James is the central character; she has just moved and is starting her first day at her new school. While reading this book I noticed it had a lot of silent "E" words. I would use this book to teach about silent "Es" as well as peer pressure and what is lost when we try to fit in. The students would interact with the text by relating it to things they do at their school (eating lunch, pla ...more
Laura Regan
Jul 29, 2012 Laura Regan rated it it was amazing
One of Us explores the inner-workings of a child's first day at a new school- a potentially stressful and scary time. This engaging book's hero is an individual, a child who refuses to conform to her classmates of definitions of where she belongs. She spends the book flitting from one group of friends to another, looking for the place where she is "one of us." Read to find out if she will conform to her classmates ideas of where she belongs or whether she will stay an individual. This book is gr ...more
Morgan Callan Rogers
Sep 02, 2010 Morgan Callan Rogers rated it it was amazing
Without rancor or harshness, this gentle book allows children permission to be themselves, while exploring different social situations. I also like the quiet confidence that Moss's main character exudes. Without drama, she decides for herself who she is. I also love the diversity and the clever drawings. There is a lot going on within each illustration that will engage readers. Wonderful book! Highly recommend it.
Kate Hastings
Grades 2-5. Roberta moves to a new school where different groups of kids tell her where she fits in... kids with certain lunches sit certain places, kids who wear their hair a certain way hang out together, kids who play instead of talk on the playground are supposed to stay together. With so many groups, Roberta ends up sitting alone. Nobody just like her. Until she discovers that she belongs to the biggest group of all.
Amy Prigmore
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a good book to use to teach children that we are all different in our own unique ways and that it is okay to be different. It would be a good read aloud during a discussion about friendship. It is one I would definitely consider reading again not only to my classroom, but my own children.
May 22, 2010 Gmr rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young readers
Recommended to Gmr by: Tilbury House
The combination of whimsical illustrations and message driven storyline....there is not a reader that could not benefit from what lies at this books heart. "One of Us" teaches children to embrace the differences in others and "bravely be yourself".
Great book about finding friends who accept and celebrate you for who you are. Themes might include: friendship, being unique, school, and diversity.
Rebecca Dean
This book has a great lesson about being yourself. This would be great to read to a class with a new student.
Sep 13, 2011 Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Fitting in is always tough, and this book reminds us what it's like to try to fit in as children.
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Peggy Moss, children's author of Say Something, Our Friendship Rules, and One of Us,worked as an assistant attorney general in Maine in the civil rights unit and as associate director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence. Peggy now works with schools across the US and Canada, helping students and educators from kindergarten to the college level create school environments that feel saf ...more
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