At first, Chibi spends his time hiding from the teachers and students in every way possible. Over time, the small boy does get used to his school surroundings but continues to avoid interaction with his classmates.
The children notice his behavior and begin to tease him and assume that he is stupid. As years pass the children and Chibi continue to grow apart. During the last part of their last year of school Chibi’s vast talents come to light. Everyone finally learns just how intelligent, educated, dedicated, and inspiring he truly is.
We enjoyed how this story portrays why you should never judge a book by its cover. We enjoyed how Chibi stood on his values and learned in his special way. We likened this to how some people view homeschool vs. public school or college vs. trade school. We all agreed that it is a blessing to have a variety of ways to educate yourself. We also noted that sticking to your values and learning style will take you farther in life than joining the crowd will. We recommend this book for children ages 7 and up.
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