Title: The Pain and The Great One
Reference: Blume, J. (1974). The Pain and The Great One. New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc.
Brief annotation: These two parallel stories illustrate the relationship between two siblings. Each sibling is given half a book to talk about why they do not like their sibling and give reasons for why they act the way they do. In both stories, the parents give each child the opportunity to do something without their sibling, which ends up with the lonely sibling realizing that life is not as fun without their brother/sister.
Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction
Grade level: 2.5
Interest level: Students in grades PreK-3 would be interested in this book.
Personal response: This story would be a great read aloud to start a lesson about comparing and contrasting both people’s thoughts and actions. It would also be a really good choice for a classroom text because it is relatable to many students’ lived experiences and can help them learn about point of view/perceptions.
Text-dependent question: How does their mother try to teach them to value each other?