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The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About Their Bodies in Pictures and Words

Ewald, Wendy (Author)
Little, Brown 2002. 32 pages
First published: 2002
ISBN: 9780316703062 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

character, point of view, structures and features

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:

Martha Benton likes her feet. Collette and Tramika like their hands, for very different reasons. Tim likes his chest: “I like to rest on you, oh yes. I wake up. I depend on you to protect my body too.”

“If I didn’t have my back then I couldn’t move because everything counts on my back,” writes Beverly of the tight-shot photo, with the ends of her long hair trailing over her t-shirt. Children will be fascinated by this book written by children, in their own handwriting. They’ll find much to discuss in the authors’ choices, their reasons and their unique ways of expressing themselves. (Ethnic diversity is also represented among these students.)

Black and white photographs illustrate the part of each author’s body in question. Laura’s knees seem to project from the page: “A scar—the scar is a circle! Some designs like lines and stripes! long legs!” Matthew’s eyes squint in the sun: “My mom thinks that I have nice eyes.”

A photographer’s note discusses the inspiration and creation of this special book, which aims to “give children a chance to talk about their bodies and share their candid sense of themselves.”

  •  

    Discuss the fact that this book was written by students. Which poem do you relate to the most and why?

  •  

    Write a poem about the best part of yourself.

  •  

    Make a class book about the best part(s) of your class/school/family, using photos and poems.

  •  

    Discuss how you think the child-authors feel about themselves. Give proof of your answer from the book. Which picture do you like best and why?

  •  

    Choose one of the pictures that shows a body part you like about yourself and tell a partner why you like it.

  •  

    Make a class book about the best things in your class/school/family using both photos and text.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts