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GEORGE

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Gino, A. (2015). George. New York: Scholastic.

George knows she is different from other children in the fourth grade, but she feels as though she has to hide this difference from her family and friends. George really wants to play Charlotte in the school play of Charlotte’s Web,  but she is shot down when she tries out for the part because she is a “boy”.  She finally reveals that is a girl to her best friend, Kelly, who reacts in an amazingly understanding way, and she allows George to play Charlotte at the second run of the play. Although George’s mom struggles with her news, her brother, Scott, is surprisingly understanding and helpful. The resolution of the story comes when Kelly invites George to come to the zoo with her and her uncle. Through Kelly, George is also able to experience a day at the zoo as Melissa, her chosen female name.

Evaluative Criteria:

Gender, Plot, and Theme-

The most obvious evaluative criteria in George is gender and plot. George knows she is different from other children in the fourth grade, but she feels as though she has to hide this difference from her family and friends. She finally reveals that is a girl to her best friend, Kelly, who reacts in an amazingly understanding way. Through Kelly, George is able to experience a day at the zoo as Melissa, her chosen female name. The controversial hot topic of transgenderism is looked at from a realistic perspective of a vulnerable fourth grader.  The theme of understanding diversity is experienced by the reader throughout the story. George’s story opens with a controversial topic and softens the reader to the idea because it is through the eyes of a child. Diversity is found all around and the earlier children are taught to understand and accept diversity, the better society will become.

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