CONCEPT: Self Esteem



Read a story about a girl who is teased about the food she eats because it is a little different than her classmates'. Her teacher decides to have an "International Food Day" where they can all try new foods. They discover that eating different foods is exciting.



After completing this activity, children will be able to:

  • recognize that there are many people who eat a little differently
  • identify one thing they can do when they are being teased



  1. Read the story Yoko by Rosemary Wells.

  2. Discuss the story with the children.

    • Why did Yoko's teacher decide to have an International Food Day? ( to show the children that everyone has things that are different )
    • What were some of the different foods? Which have you tried/heard of? ( Enchiladas, Caribbean coconut crisps, Nigerian nut soup, potato knishes, Brazil nuts, mango smoothies, Irish stew, spaghetti, Boston franks and beans, sushi )
    • What foods do you eat that are "different"?
    • Have any of your friends tried your low protein foods? What did they think?
    • What is your favorite low protein recipe that you would like to share with others?
    • Why did some of the boys and girls tease Yoko? ( Because she was eating something they had never seen before. )
    • How did Yoko feel when the others teased her?
    • Have you ever been teased? Why? Was it because of something that is different about you? What did you do? When you explained what was different, did the other child/ren stop teasing?
    • What advice would you give to somebody who is being teased because they are different?
  3. Distribute the worksheet. Help the children complete it, as needed. Discuss their answers.



  • Book: Yoko by Rosemary Wells, Hyperion Books for Children, 1998. ISBN: 0-7868-0395-9.
  • acrobat reader logo Worksheet
  • Pencil or crayons



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