“The biggest challenge of life is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else.” – KUSHANDWIZDOM

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Since my daughter started Kindergarten last year, she has struggled with finding out where she fits in and girls who are downright mean! It has been really hard to sit back and watch her learn things that I never wanted her to at 6 years old.

The other day, she was wearing a dress to school with a pair of funky tights. She came to me and said that she was nervous to wear the tights because she didn’t know what the other kids would think. My heart broke for her.

My husband and I have been working with her at home to help her deal with these types of situations, which you can read about here. Since she was born, one thing we have always done in our house is read so when my mother in law sent us Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy, we were so excited to read it with our little one!

I had never heard of this book before she sent it to us but I wish I had. The story is about a little girl named Lucy who is having a hard time with a boy at school. He is making fun of her, being mean to her and putting things in her hair.

One day on the playground, Lucy finally gets up the courage to confront him but she finds him stuck on the monkey bars. Instead of telling him how mean he was and how he hurt her feelings, she decided to help him and show him kindness. The little boy wrote her a card to say thank you for helping him when no one else did and left her alone after that.

Lucy loves having spaghetti in a hot dog bun but at school, she was made fun of for eating it. At the end of the book, she sits down with her Grandpa to have her favorite sandwich for dinner.

What a beautiful message! Before she leaves for school in the morning, my husband always tells my daughter to “have fun, be kind and learn something.” To be kind to someone, even if they are being mean to you, is something we have taught her from when she was a baby and we still instill that into her today!

I think this book is so important because it is written in a way that kids can understand and relate to. No, you may not be making spaghetti in a hot dog bun for dinner, but everyone is different and this story encourages kids to be who they are. Growing up is hard enough, especially when you may not be like everyone else!

We are making it a point to read this book once a week and talking about it afterward! I also came up with a little activity to do with my daughter this weekend from the book.

On the last page, there is a poem about being yourself and we are going to sit down together and write it out on paper. We are going to hang it in her room so she can see it everyday!

If there is one book you get for your kids, nieces, nephews, cousins, students or friends’ kids, let it be this one! Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun is a beautiful book that will teach kids of all ages to practice kindness and be who they are! We will be keeping this for years and years to come! Grab your copy on Amazon for $6.89.

Have you heard of this book? What is your favorite book to read at night? Comment below, I would love to hear from you! XOXO