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Children’s book about how first impressions could be misleading, even for ‘sworn enemies’!

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Enemy Pie, written by Derek Munson, is about a boy who is having trouble with a new neighbor, Jeremy Ross, who excludes him from birthday parties and laughs at him when he makes mistakes in baseball. His father comes up with a plan for getting rid of enemies- making enemy pie. But the boys have to play together in order for enemy pie to work, and eventually find that they actually enjoy each other’s company. This fun story is useful for stimulating discussion about not jumping to conclusions about others based on little information. Author Derek Munson also offers lesson plans and other teaching resources on his website, including how to make enemy pie.

Munson, D. & King, T. C. (Illustrator), 2000. Enemy Pie. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.