Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Let's Talk About Books : The Oak Inside the Acorn {June 24th}

Another edition of Let's Talk About Books brought to you by Mrsjumpsclass.  Today, I'll talk about a wonderful book called The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado.  I bought this book a couple of years ago and always read it aloud to my students, no matter how old they are.  The message is powerful.

What's it about?

The story begins with Little Acorn, wanting to stay by his mother.  His mother always told him to "Just be the tree God made you to be".  As time went on, Little Acorn was still struggling.  He wasn't producing beautiful oranges like his friends the orange trees or lovely brilliant flowers like his friends Pink Petunia or Rosie.  He didn't know what his purpose was, even as he was growing from a Little Acorn to a large Oak tree.

As he grows into the tree God made him to be, a little girl grows up with him, and with her, he finds his purpose in life. She also does some soul searching and realizes who she is meant to be.

Why I love it

Yes, there is mention of God in the book, but that's not why I love it.  I love it because no matter what you believe it, believing that you are perfect just the way you are is so important.  Students need to realize that it doesn't matter whether they are weak in math, or strong in athletics, they are perfect just the way they are, and they just need to be who they were intended to be.

It's a perfect story to read aloud to your students in a literacy activity.  It can also be related to a religion class (if there is one) or just to talk about values.  My students always discuss afterwards, in small groups and then as a class, about how they feel towards this book and how they feel towards themselves.

I am so glad I have a copy of this book to read to my students.  I will also love reading this story to my son, and hope that one day, he becomes the man he is suppose to be.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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