The Wall in the Middle of the Book
Author/Illustrator: Jon Agee
Publisher: Dial Books (October 2, 2018)
There's a wall in the middle of the book, and our hero--a young knight--is sure that the wall protects his side of the book from the dangers of the other side--like an angry tiger and giant rhino, and worst of all, an ogre who would gobble him up in a second! But our knight doesn't seem to notice the crocodile and growing sea of water that are emerging on his side. When he's almost over his head and calling for help, who will come to his rescue? An individual who isn't as dangerous as the knight thought--from a side of the book that might just have some positive things to offer after all!
About Jon Agee
Twenty Questions: http://www.jonagee.com/html/20questions.php
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/X_zeRNiEot8
Big Ideas: Preconceived notions or assumptions, xenophobia, symbolism, fear & safety
- Why is there a wall?
- Is the other side better or safer?
- Is it wise to pre-judge people?
Vocabulary: Protects, Ogre, Fantastic
- Story map lesson plans by Teaching Books Net
- Kindergarten Americansymbols lesson plan
- Elementary School Symbolismlesson plan
- Art: How are shapes, color and text placement used in the book to help tell the story?
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- Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children, 2005)
- The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf; illustrated by Robert Lawson (Viking Press, 1936)
- The New Neighbors by Sarah McIntyre (Penguin Workshop, 2019)
Other Links and Resources:
- Teaching about bias is a good time to talk about reliable news sources and biases in news. Resource at https://www.weareteachers.com/recognize-bias/
- Resources on TeachingElections from Teaching Tolerance
- Check your own biases
- Critical practices forAnti-Bias Education from Teaching Tolerance
- Guide for Selecting Anti-BiasChildren’s Books from Teaching for Change
- Articles on anti-bias early childhood education from Teaching for Change