Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus

LubnaAndPebble

Summary

How can we best support and encourage one another? How can we, ourselves, have courage in the face of adversity?  In the book, Lubna and Pebble, Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus offer many opportunities to consider the answers to these questions.  The opening image is that of a boat, which leads into a child peering at a shiny, smooth pebble. This pebble may bring about ideas of a “worry stone” or other special item.  The important role that this pebble plays is pivotal to the way that this story transpires. It is a friend and comfort to those that hold it.

Explore the “land of tents” and those that “arrive in the night” as well as the supporting illustrations to get a sense of immigration or refugee status in a new land.  Many conclusions can be supported through this wonderful and touching book.

The importance of a comfort item is explored throughout this story as the pebble crosses hands across the arrivals of newcomers to a land. The “Pebble” becomes a friend and comfort to newcomers to a land.

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Lesson Resources

AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Include/Grow II.D.2 Learners demonstrate empathy and equity in knowledge building within the global learning community by demonstrating interest in other perspectives during learning activities. 

  • Consider push and pull factors for individuals from different backgrounds
  • Explore what it is like to be the “new person”
  • Inquire about the meanings and importance of mementos, souvenirs, and touchstone items.  Younger learners may consider a favorite stuffed animal or hand-me-down. Older learners may consider the importance of gratitude and giving.

If you like these lesson ideas, please take a look at our book, Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. This resource includes ready-to-go lesson plans that meet the standards. Worksheets, assessments and rubrics are included. 

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