Author Jane Naliboff received this letter from Jonah G.'s mother:
This is a picture of my son, Jonah G., holding "The Only One Club" and the badges that he
made which are related to the story. I have three boys at home and they adore this book.
We live in a town with few Jewish children. After reading your book, my son Jonah, on his
own, decided to make "Only One Club" badges for his first grade class. (It's quite a
challenge to print "The Only One Club" 22 times when you are six years old).
With his teacher's permission, he brought in the badges, handed them out, and then asked
each child to describe what made them special. I later heard from other parents how much
their own children (not Jewish) enjoyed the book.
Jonah really related to this book and I think it did make him feel special to be Jewish, and
that he was not the only kid who is "the only one". This year, as his new class once again
embarked on holiday celebrations, he brought in the book and proudly shared it with his
class and teacher.
Thanks for helping him feel comfortable and proud to be Jewish.
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