A general and his army flatten a Burmese village's school playground, and the general announces to the unarmed farmers and children that he will now make all the laws, but one young rebel has other ideas. By the author of Little Brother.--from the publisher
When an army of tanks led by a general rolls into a Burmese town, they crush all the playground equipment at the local school to intimidate the locals. The general then gathers the townspeople together and announces, "You are my people now."
But, one child makes a decision to stand up against the general and throws a small thong at the general knocking off his hat.
Can one child make a difference? Can one person make a difference? How do we stand up to oppression? This is a wonderful title to read to upper elementary children to begin discussions on rebellion, the role of the individual, having the courage to stand up, knowing when to stand up, rebellion and so much more.
32 pages 978-0395692509 Ages 7-10 (Grades 2-5)
Keywords: Great read aloud grades 3-5, Social Studies curriculum, Asian culture, courage, rebellion, laws, fear, society, military rule, defiance, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, oppression, finding your voice, choices, standing up for yourself, Myanmar (Burma)
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com