This week's bookish birthdays: Robert Browning (May 7, 1812), Thomas Pynchon (May 8, 1937), Pat Barker (May 8, 1943), J. M. Barrie (May 9, 1860), Daphne Du Maurier (May 13, 1907), and Armistead Maupin (May 13, 1944).
Clarence is the story of an Italian boy who doesn't look like the rest of his dark-haired, olive-skinned family. He is quiet and shy and cannot understand why his family is SO loud! Most of all, Clarence feels left out at school because the kids tease him about his big ears. They bully him and taunt him because he doesn't look like them, or so they think! This story reflects the feelings we all can have when we think we don't fit in. It demonstrates that with a little ''reflection'' we can all discover that we are beautifully and wonderfully made, not matter that anyone else thinks.