Have you ever compared people's faces? Some people have big noses, some people have small chins, some people have straight eyebrows, some people have thin lips, and some people have freckles. What do you have? All of these differences help you to be recognised by friends, family and other people who meet you.
What if you were born with a face that was considered different in the eyes of the world? Maybe you were born with a large red mark on your face, or you weren't born with ears, or half of your face didn't move.
In Ride High Pineapple, the main character, Issy Burgess, was born with a different face. The bones in her skull and face stopped growing too early when she was in her mother's womb. This made them small, so her eyes were very bulgy. This was not her fault. It was something that just happened, just like some people have asthma, or are allergic to peanuts. But having something that most other people do not have, can be difficult.
People stare at people who are different.
Whether it is a very short person, a person in a wheelchair, or someone who talks to himself, people tend to look, maybe because they are curious, or maybe because they haven't seen someone like that before. Unfortunately though, some people can be very mean and cruel to people who are different. This happens in Ride High Pineapple as Issy is bullied by The Beast, Tia
, a girl in her class.
in the story Issy uses her English assessment to tell the class why she looks the way she is, and also to show that she is more than a face - she has talents. Issy is great at writing poetry, drawing Anime and skateboarding. She is also a loyal friend and a loved daughter.
You may be wondering, why I gave Issy a different face? Well, because I was born with a different face, and two of my children were also born with a different face. We all have the syndrome that Issy has. Issy's character is based on myself and my daughter. Issy's feelings were my own when I was growing up. The speech that Issy gave, was the speech that my daughter gave to her Year 8 English class, just changed to match Issy. My daughter loves drawing Anime and was into skateboarding. She also experiences anxiety. The hospitals, Captain Starlight, and plastic surgeon are all from our personal experience.
If you see or meet someone with a facial difference, choose kind. Be nice, smile and say hello. Remember that even though their face may not look like everyone else's, they still have feelings, and they have talents. They want to have friends and be liked. Maybe they can do something that you can't do.
For more information on facial differences see:http://www.ccakids.org/http://www.aboutface.ca/facial-differences/http://www.friendlyfaces.org/medical.htmlhttp://www.aboutface.ca/
ssy's favourite sport is skateboarding. Do you like skateboarding? It takes good balance, something I don't have.
I had to do a lot of research on skateboarding to learn the names of the tricks and the difficulty level of them. I watched many youtube videos. Do you know what an ollie is?
I also had to research skate parks to learn the names of the equipment such as a funbox.
Skateboarding is a fun sport for boys and girls. It is a great way to exercise. If you haven't tried it, give it a go.
For more information see:http://skateaustralia.org.au/http://skateboardingaustralia.com.au/http://www.girlsskatenetwork.com/