THE ONLY ONE CLUB
Weight: 0.90 kilograms
THE ONLY ONE CLUB
by Jane Naliboff
illustrated by Jeff Hopkins
During the holiday season, Jennifer Jacobs discovers that she is the only Jewish student in her class. She is thrilled and so creates The Only One Club, of which she is the only glittery-badge-wearing member. When her classmates want to join her exclusive club Jennifer at first resists, but she later realizes that each person is "the only one" at something. She makes glittery badges for everyone, and distributes them while revealing the quality that makes each friend "the only one". This book will encourage children to discover and treasure their own uniqueness and to look for unique qualities in others. We hope kids will want to make their own Only One Club badges and start these clubs with their friends.
Published by Flashlight Press
Hardcover, 32 pages, October 2004, full color
About the Author:
Jane's fiction, nonfiction, photography, and poetry have been published in Spider, Cricket, Hopscotch, and Boys' Quest magazines, on weeonesmag.com, and in several literary magazines and newspapers. Her work has also been sold to Educational Testing Services, People's Publishing Group, West-Ed, Measured Progress, Measurement Incorporated, and SIRS Publishing. She is the author of the adult humor book Kids Will Be Kids: Excellent, Tried-and-True Reasons for Thinking Twice About Having Children or Why You Might Want to Rent Them Out on Weekends (Cumberland House, 1997).
Jane lives with her family in a historic farmhouse in rural Maine.
About the Illustrator:
Jeff has done illustration projects for educational book publishers, magazines and advertising agencies. Other clients include Young & Rubicam, The Keith Haring Foundation, New York Law School, BBDO Inc., Magnet Pictures and Curious Pictures/ Nickelodeon Networks.
Jeff has also worked as a Museum Education Consultant for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he served as artist-in-residence for a year-long, after-school art program for Kindergarten through Grade 2 students at a Brooklyn, NY elementary school.
Jeff lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first picture book.
Honors and Review Highlights for The Only One Club:
* A South Dakota Prairie Bud Award 2006/2007 nominee
* A Society of School Librarians International Honor Book 2005
* An ADL Recommended Multicultural and Anti-Bias book
* An Accelerated Reader book
"This simple story with its expressive mixed-media illustrations addresses diversity and uniqueness while recognizing a child's need to belong to the group. The story works beyond the holiday season and multicultural classrooms can use the book as a springboard for discussion."
-Beverly Fahey, Children's Literature
"Jennifer turns her uniqueness into an asset ... a great lesson to share during this holiday season."
-Sue Corbett, Miami Herald
* Featured on the Recommended Multicultural and Anti-Bias book list of the Anti-Defamation League: "...will help educators and families to encourage appreciation of self and others in young children this holiday season."
"This picture book takes a refreshingly positive look at being different."
-from the Selected List of Recent Children's Books for Jewish Book Month 2004
"enjoy this little treasure!"
-Barbara Gruener, Character Counts! Trainer of Trainers
"Wow! What a concept: a club of individuals. I love it!"
-David Wallace, Community, of the Jewish Federation, Louisville, KY
"The friendly illustrations emphasize an upbeat and positive message about the value of differences and the importance of tolerance and acceptance."
-Midwest Book Review
Included in the "History-Social Science Bibliography of Read-Alouds for Content Standards, Grades K-3" compiled by the Reading First California Technical Assistance Center, April 2005, in California
"[This] timely new picture book...shows that each child can feel respected and valued for being unique." -Jewish Woman Magazine
"The gently instructive story is complemented by illustrations in pencil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel that buoyantly capture the distinct characteristics of each child." -Phoebe Sorkin, Jewish Book World
"...a new book everyone is talking about...The Only One Club...has been embraced by librarians and school teachers alike for its engaging storyline and its underlying message."
-Maggie Burr, The Franklin Journal (Maine)
"This delightful book encourages children to actively look for special qualities in others, beyond race or culture."
-Maine in Print
* Featured in the "Holiday 18" Seasonal Gift Guide of Devaney, Doak and Garrett (DDG) Books.
"The premise of the book -- that everyone has something special about them and we should acknowledge and respect that - is a good lesson for children."
-Kathe S. Pinchuck, AJL Newsletter
"I was quite awed... The prose is wonderful...the illustrations...couldn't be cuter. This is a lovely children's book to pick up this holiday season, whether you're Jewish or not." -Erika Sorocco, an Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer
"I was completely caught up in finding out how Jane Naliboff was going to solve Jennifer's puzzle."
-Rebecca Brown, Rebecca Reads.com
"The way Naliboff deals with the need for each child to feel unique and special is touching."
-Patty Foster, MyShelf.com
"...optimistic and heartwarming, helpful in telling grade schoolers that it is okay to be different."
-Ruth Eglash, The Jerusalem Post