Today in class I read the book Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon as part of our Healthy Living lesson. I am so glad that I did because a little later in the day one of the students cut off a big chunk of his beautiful blond hair. He has a great look - all long and shaggy like in the 70's. Only today, one of the other students asked him if he was a boy or a girl. Hence the hair cutting later in the day.
I was glad that I had read Molly Lou earlier because it is the story of a girl who is very small, with buck teeth and a voice like a bull frog being squeezed. She is not a girl who looks like anyone else. Throughout the story her grandmother tells her to be true to herself and others will follow. When she moves to a new school and is bullied by one of the students she just keeps on going being herself and, in the end, the bully's behaviour changes and he becomes her friend.