I wasn't a fan of this book. With this sad and angry thought Georgie can't seem to do anything right - ordinarily he'd ask for help, and share his concerns. While not a classic in the manner of Charlotte's Web or some of the others, it is well written, age appropriate! This book is about Georgie who has dwarfism and has to overcome challenges in his life that most other kids his age do not. The thing about Georgie's mom is that she's having a baby—a baby who will probably be taller than Georgie very, very soon. Every once in a while a special bolded font will tell the reader to do certain things, from holding their tongue between their fingers to measuring the heights of objects around the room.
Consequently school furniture is awkward, running track or playing a musical instrument isn't possible, and he knows his soon-to-be new sibling will quickly outgrow him physically. And Georgie even comes to welcome his new sister to the family, despite him knowing she will surpass him in height. The thing hah that sets this book apart, however, are the interjections by the narrator. To say that his issues are more complicated by the fact that he is a dwarf, might make him seem self-centered, but no doubt, his body does factor into situations that most kids his age experience; fights with friends, jealousy, crushes, the new baby brother or sister on the way. I rated this book five stars because it was really fun to read. At that time I lamented that it was challenging to find boys portrayed as they are - rather than super goofy or foolish or afraid. He is forced to hangout with Jeanie the Meanie even though she is basically his enemy.
A comment on that post led me to A Thing about Georgie. I loved it, and my young listeners did, too. His best friend replaces him with someone else, his parents seem to not care about him, and his arch-enemy, Jeanie the Meanie, has to work on a project with him. Kids will recognize their feelings in Graff's story, and we get hints of why Jeanie is mean. Well, the thing about Georgie is that he is a dwarf, and now that he is in fourth grade he is starting to realize what that means for his future. It turns out that Jeanie the Meanie signed him up to play Abe, and Georgie is furious! This book was so good! Told by a mysterious narrator who is revealed at the end, Georgie is navigating his life as a little person in this 2006 story he is designated as a dwarf , with a good friend, but also a bully, Jeanie the Meanie, wh Lisa Graff is one of my favorite middle grade authors, and I finally got a chance to read her first novel.
Georgie is a fourth grader and happens to be dwarf. The thing about Jeanie the Meanie is that she would rather. Georgie was born with dwarfism and, at 10 years old, is less than four feet tall. The thing about Georgie's mom is that she's having a baby—a baby who will probably be taller than Georgie very, very soon. Georgie has to learn that letting someone new into your life can add joy- whether it is family or friend. It is very touching and it puts you in the position to see life through someone else's eyes.
Will Georgie lose everything before losing his pride? Full review on my blog: Nine-year-old Georgie has height issues. The thing about Andy's nonna is that she kisses Georgie's cheeks and doesn't speak one word of English. Just when it seems that things couldn't get any worse, he has to play a pint-sized rendition of the country's tallest president, Abraham Lincoln, in the school play! There were parts of the book I struggled to see how it was going to arc, but the ending tied the story together really nicely. The Thing About Georgie Author: Lisa Graff Summary: This book is about a boy called Georgie the problem about this boy is that he doesn't have something unique. The thing about Georgie's best friend Andy is that he's making a new best friend and leaving Georgie out. Georgie is a dwarf and he is in fourth grade.
Something that Georgie has to live with is Jeanie the Meanie. And then when you find out who the narrator is, it makes it all that more wonderful. And, I loved this one. I really think this would be a good book for teachers to utilize to help kids learn that just because someone looks different from you doesn't mean they are any different. His best friend Andy made friends with the new boy in their class, and Georgie is pretty sure he like him better.
I loved the little notes at the beginning of each chapter about things we take for granted that Georgie can't do. He has one best friend and, now, that best friend seems to be drifting to spend more time with a tall-sized popular-type kid who Georgie is certain will join his long line of personal mockers. Read this book is awesome! He and his best friend Andy have a dog walking business where Georgie can only walk small dogs because he is small. Just when it seems that things couldn't get Georgie is a Little Person. Commentary to readers throughout about what Georgie can and can't do is delivered by an anonymous voice, whose identity is revealed as a surprise at the end. I wish there had been more information about dwarfism, though. I think The Thing About Georgie is a great book and I encourage everybody to read it because it teaches you to be a good person to anybody that is not normal.
All throughout the book, she tells you to do things then tells which things Georgie can and can't do. His best friend replaces him with someone else, his parents seem to not care about him, and his arch-enemy, Jeanie the Meanie, has to work on a project with him. Told by a mysterious narrator who is revealed at the end, Georgie is navigating his life as a little person in this 2006 story he is designated as a dwarf , with a good friend, but also a bully, Jeanie the Meanie, who taps him all class long with her pencil. Although the main character faces many physical and social challenges, all are issues all kids can relate to in some way and teach the value of kindness, being willing to apologize, and celebrate their uniqueness. A likable hero, Georgie is realistically drawn, and inventive suggestions at the start of many chapters will help readers understand some aspects of life as a little person.