Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What is the Thing About Georgie?

Georgie is 9 years old and about 42 inches tall. As a dwarf, he isn’t expected to grow much taller. His world is filled with obstacles that he has learned how to overcome, for the most part. Georgie is pretty independent at home and at school thanks to some accommodations that have been made for him (and lots of hard work on his part). He has had the same best friend forever, Andy.  They even start a dog walking business. Unfortunately, Andy wants to include a new boy in the business, which makes Georgie very jealous. To make matters worse he finds out he is going to have a new baby brother. He is not happy that his little sibling will surely be taller than he is before too long!  He knows his musician parents are probably thrilled to have a regular sized child who will be able to play an instrument and this makes his heart ache. After a misunderstanding with Andy, Georgie says some things he can’t take back. To make matters worse he gets partnered with Jeanie the Meanie for a class project. Now she seems out to get him! Will Georgie make up with his best friend? Once his brother is born will he be able to set aside his fears? Is Jeanie the Meanie as bad as she seems? Don’t miss this unique book that will allow you to see the world like you have never seen it before.


Reading The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff gave me a new perspective on life. I could easily relate to Georgie and the many struggles he has to overcome. I think his worries about his height and the things he couldn’t do were holding him back. We all do that sometimes. We focus so much on what we can’t do and forget to focus on what we can do. I learned a lot from reading this book and I am so glad I picked it up. Georgie is a funny kid who gets mad, jealous, and hurt- just like all of us. I would recommend this book to anyone in 3rd grade and up. A great book for kids to read with an adult! If you know someone who is different in some way, then this is the perfect book for you to read. You won’t regret looking at the world from Georgie’s point of view and I bet you will start to see things differently once you crack open this book.
Has anyone else read The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff?  Or another book by her?

Happy Reading!
~L

26 comments:

  1. Not an author or book I have heard of but I hope to rectify this soon as this sounds like a book I'd really enjoy.

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    1. Petty- Enjoy! It is a fast read and it makes you think. ;) ~L

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  2. Sounds like a great book. I love books that open people's minds to other people's struggles. Kids and adults alike can benefit from such stories. My heart is always for the kid with the many challenges in life. Have a great day and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Marilyn- It is! I like to learn about what life is like for different people, too. There is so much fo learn. I hope you have a wonderful day, too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. ~L

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  3. Every kid needs heaps of encouragement, but I especially love books that empower kids with disabilities. And yes, as Marilyn said, helps adults understand so they can explain to their own kids.

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    1. Cate- So true! Kids need to be empowered and adults can benefit from seeing things from a kid's point of view. :) ~L

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  4. This sounds like such a great book. It is so true that we often let our own insecurities hold us back, when instead we should be standing strong ;)

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    1. Elisa- It is a great book. It is always a good reminder to stand strong. :) ~L

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  5. Sounds like a book with a great message.

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    1. Kelly- The Thing About Georgie is a terrific book! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~L

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  6. I have not read this book but it would be an awesome one to share with students!

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    1. Hi Patty- It is a perfect one to share with students and may remind them to be kinder to others. :) ~Stephanie

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  7. Wow! This is a take on life that I have to read about. I can relate to it somewhat already based on something that happened in our family. One of my nieces was born with part of her arm missing and when her sister was born with both arms in tact my eldest niece asked her mom, "When will my other arm grow out?"

    This sounds like a book that will reach a lot of kids--both those with physical challenges and those who know them.

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    1. Cleemckenzie- I hope you enjoy this one! It does help you to see things from another angle. It is an excellent book for kids, adults, and people who may be in the same boat as Georgie.

      The comment from your niece really touched me. I am not sure how old she is- but she may enjoy this book as well. Georgie talks about how he can't touch his right hand to his left ear and other limitations that he has to get around.

      Thanks for stopping by and your comment will be one I will continue to think about. ~Stephanie

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  8. Oh, my heart is going out to Georgie just from your description!

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    1. Kim- Thanks for stopping by! My heart goes out to him too! :) ~L

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  9. Never heard of this book til now, but I'm definitely going to check it out, thanks to your review:)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Nutschell- I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by! ~L

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  10. Being a vertically challenged person myself, I'd love to read this to my family and would enjoy this boy's story of overcoming his differences. Thanks for sharing this gem.

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    1. LM- A great book for anyone vertically challenged or challenged in any way. Georgie is a realistic character with a lot to teach us. Happy reading and I hope you enjoy the book. ~L

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  11. I find that, too, that we often dwell on the negatives. Great lesson by the author.

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    1. M Pax- So true! We need to focue on the positives more. :) Thanks for stopping by! ~F

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  12. This sounds like a fantastic read. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Angela, It was a really fun book! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  13. I love this book. I think this is just perfect for children since we learn very early about our differences and our obsticles in life.

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    1. Donna- You are so right! Once we learn about them we can start to overcome them. :) Thanks for stopping by. ~F

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