The Little Lemon that Leapt is a book that could easily have been missed. When a colleague brought it to my attention and shared it with me one afternoon, I didn’t think too much of the cover but agreed to take a look at it over the weekend.
I put it in my book bag to bring home and read over the weekend. What I found when I got into the book was a charming story of a lemon who wanted ‘more.’ He didn’t want to just a ‘regular’ lemon. He wanted to travel the world. So, instead of just ‘falling’ like all the other lemons, he ‘leaped!’
This began his journey. Along the way, he met all sorts of creatures. What he discovered is that we are free to be who we want to be, no matter what people around us think might be weird or different.
It’s a delightful message that we at our school decided we wanted to bring to our students. So, we shared it as part of our whole school ready for the year. We encouraged students to celebrate the message of the book, “Your individuality makes you special!” Or, in other words, “ChooseWeird!” We wanted to remind students to celebrate their unique qualities and appreciate them in others as well. We gave each child a black line drawing of a lemon and encouraged each one of them to personify it with arms and legs and details that highlighted their own unique qualities.
It was a great way to kick off our celebration of reading together!