By Loretta Long, Ron Garnett

Courtney is particularly excited. Her 7th birthday is simply a number of days away, and her mom has deliberate a unique get together. All of Courtney's classmates can be invited, together with Courtney's ally, Dejana. Courtney and Dejana were most sensible associates for a very long time. They journey the bus to college jointly; they take a seat subsequent to one another in school. It hasn't ever mattered to them that one is white and one is black. Dejana is worked up, too. within the days major as much as the get together, she works tough at numerous strange jobs so she will purchase a distinct reward to offer to her pal. but if the invites to the celebration are handed out, Dejana does not obtain one. Courtney's mom does not wish Dejana to wait. either Dejana and Courtney are devastated. yet friendship wins the day whilst Courtney's selection forces her mom to alter her brain. In enticing prose, actress and educator Loretta lengthy indicates that loyalty and resolution can triumph over racial prejudice and lack of information.

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If the parents believed that exclusion based on differences in physical characteristics, economic background, language, etc. is wrong and never acceptable or justifiable. 2. If the parents believed that when exclusion occurs action by parents must be taken to include the excluded child. 3. If the parents had really accepted that the two girls were best friends. 4. If the parents had called each other on the phone and talked to each other. 5. If the parents had scheduled play dates at both homes prior to the birthday party and the parents had spent time getting to know each other.

Courtney ran to meet her and the two girls hugged so hard they almost fell to the ground. Mrs. Davis smiled. Mrs. Crowley smiled, too. “It wouldn’t have been a birthday party without my best friend,” Courtney said to Diana. Diana gave Courtney her present and the two friends skipped into the house. Their mothers followed them as the girls sang — Seven, Seven, Seven Just like heaven Seven, Seven, Seven Today we BOTH ar e seven! COURTNEY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY About the Author and the Illustrator Dr. Loretta Long is an actress and educator, who has entertained children for over thirty years in her television role as “Susan” on Sesame Street.

You see, some people only want to be with people who look like them. At work, or at school, it’s difficult to avoid people who are different. ” “I think I know what you mean, Mommy, but Courtney’s not like that. Courtney and I know that we are different on the outside, but we’re the same on the inside,” said Diana. When Mrs. Davis’s car came to a stop in front of Courtney’s house, Diana jumped out and ran up the walkway. Courtney ran to meet her and the two girls hugged so hard they almost fell to the ground.

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