"Ira Says Good-bye" by Bernard Waber, a creative writing assignment

"Ira Says Good-bye" by Bernard Waber, a creative writing assignment
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"Ira Says Good-bye" by Bernard Waber is about the same delightful boys, Ira and Reggie, a few years older than they were in "Ira Sleeps Over." The boys have moved beyond teddy bears to sharing pet turtles. The trauma in this book is Reggie is moving to Greendale, one hour away. Ira's insensitive older sister breaks the news to Ira and he is heartbroken, not only because Reggie is moving but he SEEMS to be happy to be moving away to Greendale. This children's book is about separation anxiety, not only from very best friends, but also from the familiar neighborhoods, schools, and surroundings. I found this book to be very meaningful to my high school students as MANY of them have had to move multiple times throughout their young lives. What we can surmise as adult readers of this book is that both sets of parents have taken the time to prepare their children for the move and what it entails. Separation anxiety, grief and loss is very real, and moving to a new school at any age can be extremely traumatic as new students are not often welcomed with open arms in new schools. (THUS the necessity for a school policy that eases this situation in ALL SCHOOLS). Writing about this issue helps those who have experienced it, or hopefully, makes others aware of the necessity to be welcoming to new students. (Feedback about this item is really appreciated and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of SALES, FREEBIES and new items posted). Thank You!!
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