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Emelia Understands Equity: Fair ≠ Equal


Boys Town Press
February 10, 2022

Book Details

Emelia doesn't think she is being treated fair. It's test day for students at Chicoree Elementary. Emelia is stressing over her science and math exams, scared she won't be able to finish either one in the time allowed. When she sees that Sammy gets extra time to finish his tests and Cecelia even gets to use a calculator, Emelia gets SMAD – a tummychurning mix of Sad and Mad! Why do they get special treatment? How is that even fair? The smadder Emelia gets, the more belly breaths she takes to calm down. But when deep breathing doesn't make her feel any better, Emelia has to take a seat in the counselor's office. With the help of a prickly cactus, a lily pad and a blooming flower, Emelia learns that what's fair will not always look equal. Written for K6 students, this story's timely message about equity in the classroom and offers lessons for parents, counselors and teachers with tips that are included in the back of the book. This story will help kids understand that everyone is different, and we shouldn't judge others, but instead focus on how we can help ourselves.

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