The Monster Who Lost His Mean

Picture Book Written and Illustrated by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

About --Adaptation, Authentic, Friendly, Friends, Kindness

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The monster loses his mean and starts doing nice things and playing with kids. He is made fun of by the other monsters but he comes to realize that he is not a monster but an Onster and he embraces that.

Possible Lessons / Morals to the Story

  • Being authentic means to be true to who you are
  • It's okay to be different from others and do things your own way
  • When we are adaptable we are happier

Discussion Questions

  • What did the monster lose?
  • How did the monster adapt to his new way of doing things?
  • What did it look like?
  • How did the others treat the monster?
  • How do you try to adapt to new situations?
  • What does it mean to be authentic?
  • How was the Onster authentic to who he was?
  • So what did his new friends think of him?
  • How do you show that you are authentic?
  • How can you become more authentic?


How You Could Use this Resource

  • To begin a discussion about being authentic
  • To teach kids to be themselves
  • To illustrate that it's okay to do things your own way
  • To help people adapt to new situations

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