This book tells the story of a teacher in the town, Mr. Peabody, and the consequences that arise when a rumour is circulated about him. Tommy, the boy who began the rumour, goes to Mr. Peabody to make amends when he discovers what he saw and said as a result are wrong. Mr. Peabody demonstrates how the power of words becomes almost impossible to stop.
He has Tommy cut open a feather pillow on a windy day and tells him that each feather represents a person in the town. Tommy realizes what impact his words have had on his teacher and realizes the importance of words. I especially like how the vivid illustrations by Loren Long add to the story. This book allowed for excellent discussion in both my junior and intermediate classes. Students understand the hurt that rumours can cause but not always the difficulty required to try to right the wrong that has been done. This is an excellent book for character education, and a wonderful read aloud.
Reading ability: Level P and above – but I would suggest it as a junior or intermediate read aloud to have discussion and get the most out of this book
Theme: integrity, courage, growing up
Who would like this book: young adolescents, fans of Madonna