Understanding leads to acceptance. My Brain won’t Float Away highlights the importance of respecting differences among people — gender, race, disabilities, culture, and language. Once we are able to understand one another, we gain the ability to accept, and to change our behavior for the better. What we don’t understand can be scary. In the story, Annie’s courage and perseverance, together with the support of her family, teachers and doctors allow her to teach her classmates not just about hydrocephalus, but more importantly, about Annie, and about themselves.
Written in English and Spanish, My Brain Won’t Float Away (Mi cerebro no va a salir flotando) makes a great teaching tool for ESL students, foreign language students, character education curriculum and to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking for all students, while recognizing and respecting their diversity. We welcome, and encourage teachers and students to write to the real-life Annie, author Annette Pérez.
Click to download the study guide in English and Spanish.