Excellent Ed

“Excellent Ed”

Everyone is excellent at something except Ed. 

Ed wants to do what the The Ellis children are allowed to do – eat at the table, sit on the couch and ride in the van. If he becomes excellent at something, will he be able to do those things? 

But what is Ed good at? Breaking things, losing things, or forgetting things. Nope. The Ellis children are better than Ed.

When Ernie drops some food, Ed realizes that he is an excellent floor cleaner. Maybe that is why he doesn’t eat at the table. Ed discovers other things that he is excellent at and why he doesn’t get to ride in the van or sit on the couch.

This story promotes the creative components of individuality and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the humor and its message of acceptance and finding those things that you are excellent at doing. And of course, I love dogs!

TITLE: Excellent Ed

AUTHOR: Stacy McAnulty

ILLUSTRATOR: Julia Sarcone-Roach

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016


TOPIC(S): be yourself, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, different perspective


1) If Ed were a cat, what excellent things might he be good at?

2) What are three things that you are excellent at? What is one thing that you wish you were excellent at? How might you go about to become better at it?


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