Pillowface is not only a book about resilience, but a wonderful vehicle for discussion. We know that self-perception is a huge part of the life of a child but they may not easily verbalize how they feel about themselves. Each of the situations in the book is a common childhood ailment or mishap. Many are almost universal and easily related to. Discussions about them should be fairly easy.
In addition to the basic fun of the book, I have incorporated some art appreciation. This will give you even more to discuss as you talk about how artists see the world. Many have such different visions of reality that they are now iconic. Children love Van Gogh’s Starry Night but do they know that people think he may have had glaucoma or even possibly a mental illness? Let’s talk to our students about perception. How did many famous artists see the world around them? How do they see it? Let’s not just force them to try to emulate some artist style but delve into why the artist might have seen things in that manner.