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Slug Days

Leach, Sara (Author)
Bender, Rebecca (Illustrator)
Pajama Press 2017. 120 pages
First published: 2017
ISBN: 9781772780222 (hardcover)
9781772780321 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Novel
Book genre: Realistic

Text Elements:

character

Award

USBBY Outstanding International Books List – 2018

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Lauren has Autism Spectrum Disorder which can sometimes be challenging both for herself and those around her. Told in an engaging first-person narrative, with tight, concise writing, the depiction of Lauren’s day-to-day life in elementary school is ultimately a moving and mind-opening tale of friendship.

Sweet black-and-white pencil drawings accompany and expand on the text, giving readers an image of Lauren as a curly-haired freckled kid and illustrating her many feelings and ways of coping with those feelings, including different strategies to avoid “flipping her lid.”

Readers are sure to learn new things about what someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder might like and think. “I loved the ice-cream store because of the goo on the counter. There was a groove at the ice-cream counter where people’s ice cream dripped and they couldn’t clean it out. I ran my fingers through the gooey bits while I pretended to decide on a flavour.”

While Lauren is a sympathetic and spirited character, the tale doesn’t shy away from showing how some of Lauren’s tendencies and preferences might bother those around her. Along the way, Lauren makes plenty of funny, astute observations about the adults in her life. Readers will cheer for her when she befriends a new classmate from Sweden, and helps her get used to life in North America.

  •  Discuss what you know about Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s.
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    Take a picture walk before reading. What gives you the impression that Lauren is just like everyone else? Are there any pictures that suggest Lauren is different from other children?

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    For Lauren, days are either Slug Days or Butterfly Days, bad days and good days. Have you ever felt like there were two types of days? If so, what were they?

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    Lauren faces obstacles throughout her day, but she has developed strategies to cope with her anger. What are some them? Write a story in which you are the main character and you use one or more of Lauren’s strategies to deal with your own anger.

  •  Discuss what you know about Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s.
  •  

    Take a picture walk before reading. What gives you the impression that Lauren is just like everyone else? Are there any pictures that suggest Lauren is different from other children?

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    Discuss what slug days and butterfly days are for Lauren. Come up with specific characteristics for these days. Have you ever felt there were two types of days? Use a mind map to list what could happen on your slug days and your butterfly days.

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    Explore and list how Lauren uses coping mechanisms to face some of her challenges. Discuss how you can use these strategies in different situations.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Ethics and Religious Culture