Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
A story about a young Korean girl who thinks she will choose an American name when she comes to live in America in order to fit in better. However in the end she decides that her name, Unhei meaning Grace, reflects herself and her culture. A lesson in cultural understanding in the classroom. (7 – 10 years)
Tolerance, Independence

The Sign on Rosie's Door by Maurice Sendak
Rosie is a very imaginative little girl. She delights in performing as Alinda the lady singer for her friends and manages to convince them to wait till she is magically transformed back to being Rosie.
Confidence, Creativity, Independence

Uncommon Traveller.
Brown, Don. Mary Kingsley in Africa. Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Mary Kingsley’s childhood was one of servitude, loneliness and duty, yet she found great pleasure in her father’s library. At thirty years of age after her parents’ death, she travelled off to West Africa thrilled with the adventure, comforted by the feeling of ‘home’ and established a close relationship with the Fang tribe.

The long road.
Garay, Luis. Plattsburgh, N.Y.: Tundra Books,c1997. Forced to flee their village because of civil war in Latin America, José and his mother struggle to create a new life for themselves in the United States.

Amazing Grace.
Hoffman, Mary. Scholastic, 1991.
The consummate actress of any role, Grace with the support of her family is convinced she can play the part of Peter Pan in her school performance. Winning the approval of her classmates during the audition, Grace clearly demonstrates determination, a confident nature, a joy in performing and a streak of independence.

Tacky the Penguin.
Lester, Helen. Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
Tacky the penguin is a nonconformist in dress and behaviour, but his unusual manner serves the colony well when trappers and hunters arrive to their polar land. The pace of the text, marching by number count, chanting of the hunters and songs by Tacky keep the reader turning the pages of Munsinger’s expressive illustrations.

Marsupial Sue.
Lithgow, John. New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004, c2001.
Marsupial Sue, a young kangaroo, finds happiness in doing what kangaroos do. Includes the lyrics and musical notation of a song about Sue.

Messy Bessey.
McKissack, Patricia. Children's Press, 1999.
Bessy finally cleans up her messy room.

No Fighting, No Biting!
Minarik, Else. Harper Trophy, 1986.
Sometimes Rosa and Willy behave like the two little alligators in the stories that Cousin Joan tells them.

El Chino.
Say, Allen.Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1990. A biography of Bill Wong, a Chinese American who became a famous bullfighter in Spain.

Teague, Mark. Scholastic, Inc. 1994.
When Wendell doesn't clean up his room, a whole herd of pigs comes to live with him.

Junior School
Julie of the Wolves.
George, Jean Craighead. Harper Collins, 1972.
Miyax’s journey is a self-discovery of her Eskimo heritage, life in the barren Alaskan tundra and an unusual friendship with a pack of wolves.

Sarah, Plain and Tall.
MacLachlan, Patricia. Scholastic Inc., 1985.
After responding to an advertisement Sarah leaves her coastal hometown in Maine to explore the possibility of becoming a wife and mother on a farm in the plains of the mid-west. The two children remain concerned that Sarah with her strong and independent nature will find happiness in this new environment. (year 4- 6)

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