Title: It’s Okay to be Different Thorina-Bina
Authors: Barbara S. Lougheed and Martin J. Lougheed
Publisher: Grain of Salt Publications LLC (August 2015)
Retail Price: $10.77 paperback; $4.99 ebook
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
Paperback: 40 pages
Color Photos: 21
Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 02
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Thorina-Bina feels all alone because she's so different from her mother and sisters. She's a tortoise-shell colored cat, while the rest of her family are striped tabby cats. She looks and acts differently, and her sisters make fun of her. She also has keen eyes and ears, and sees and hears better than the other cats. After she meets an old gopher tortoise, a lizard without a tail, an armadillo with poor eyesight, and two very different dogs in the forest, she learns that everyone is different in their own way.
This book combines a funny story with adorable animal photos to convey its message of self-acceptance. Teachers can use the story to start discussions about being different, bullying, disabilities, self-respect, self-esteem, and most of all, tolerance for others. Kids may feel more comfortable participating in a discussion about animal differences, instead of differences in kids their own age. In the end, Thorina-Bina learns that it's okay to be different . . . she's just a different kind of cat.
About the Author
Barbara Lougheed was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She moved to Florida for the warmer, calmer weather, and has now lived through multiple freezes and hurricanes.
She worked as a database map analyst at a major newspaper before her early retirement. She loves analyzing data and looking for patterns, and this trait has served her well as a thyroid researcher. This knack for medical research led her to write TiredThyroid.com and to publish the book Tired Thyroid: From Hyper to Hypo to Healing—Breaking the TSH Rule. Her love of travel, photography, and food then led her to write WhereWeVacation.com and two travel ebooks, A Hawaiian Family Vacation: Oahu, and A Hawaiian Family Vacation: Maui. She also wrote a children’s book with her husband, It’s Okay to be Different Thorina-Bina, about their unique cat. Read more on BarbaraLougheed.com.