Clarence Book Blast and Review

By Lorana Hoopes

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Clarence: A Story about an Italian Boy with Big Ears and Big Problems (Ages K-3)

Clarence is the story of an Italian boy who doesn’t look like the rest of his dark-haired, dark-skinned family. He is quiet and shy and cannot understand why his family is so loud! Most of all, Clarence feels left out at school because the kids tease him about his big ears. They bully him and taunt him because he doesn’t look like the rest of them, or so they think!

This story reflects the feelings we all can have when we don’t think we fit in. It demonstrates that with a little “reflection” we can all discover that we are beautifully and wonderfully made!

Excerpt: The students headed outside to the large wooden playground. As usual, Clarence walked around the playground alone. That is until Giovanna and Vinny pushed him from behind. Clarence turned to face them when Vinny grabbed Clarence by the shoulders and pushed him again. This time, Clarence flew backward and hit his back against a wooden pole near the slide. Clarence began to get angry, but then he took a deep breath. He realized this was his chance. He was finally able to say what he wanted to say for so long.

My Review: I loved this book for young children. Bullying is a big problem in schools, and this book shows how much it can hurt someone’s feelings. The illustrations were beautifully colored and fit the book. I also loved how the author included Italian words with a glossary in the back. It’s a great way to introduce children to another culture. I give this book 5 stars and as soon as Amazon lets me, I will post my review there.  I also had the privilege to interview the author on my new internetTV show Write the World and will be posting the link as soon as I have it, so come back soon.

pizap.com14889950154761pizap.com14889952987021pizap.com14889959424894Stephanie Baruffi is an Early Literacy Specialist who lives in New Jersey with her husband Art and their three sons. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rowan University with a Masters in Reading Education in 2014. Her grandfather Clarence, who passed away in 2012, inspired this book. He loved his big family too and truly did have a big, beautiful set of ears!


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Lorana Hoopes is an author of children’s books and clean inspirational romance novels.Her books are available at Amazon.Heartbeats series Wishing stone series

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