Do you always judge a book by its cover?
How I see the world: the power of perspective

At RIS, we promote a love for reading by creating a community of inquisitive and critical readers who are able to make connections and identify common threads among different books.

Book Week, a much anticipated annual appointment, is a step in this direction. This festival is a school-wide celebration of books and reading around a shared interdisciplinary concept. Students will be involved in a series of educational and entertaining activities based on a list of very different books that share four common themes:

  1. Appearance / reality
  2. Deception
  3. Prejudice/ pre-determination
  4. Power

These are common threads which can help us understand how as humans we read the world. The power of image and appearance is undeniable. The way ideas and books are presented to us can impact on our judgement of them. Our own personal perspective affects the way we make sense of reality.

During Book Week, we will compare and read over 20 books apparently very different but that share these common themes.

Early Years and Elementary Books
  1. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  3. The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  4. Zoom and Re-zoom by Istvan Banyai
  5. The Pea And The Princess by Mini Grey
  6. The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened To Little Red Riding Hood by Toby Forward
  7. A Tale Of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton
  8. They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenze
  9. Zoottica by Guillame Du Prat
  10. There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Middle and High Books
  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  3. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  4. Le Novelle by Luigi Pirandello
  5. L'Etranger by Albert Camus
  6. The Help by Katherine Sockett
  7. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  8. Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  9. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks
  10. Medea by Euripides
  11. Prejudice: Its Social Psychology by Rupert Brown

Programme Highlights

Early Years and Elementary

12 March

  • Reading mob (09.15)
  • Little Reader Book Fair (all-day)
  • 4L workshop with Else Edizioni (09.00 to 10.30)
  • Story-telling with Nursery (10.30)
  • 3F workshop with Else Edizioni (11.00 to 12.30)
  • 2C library workshop (14.00 to 15.15)

13 March

  • Little Reader Book Fair (all-day)
  • 3B workshop with Else Edizioni (09.00 to 10.30)
  • Story-telling with Kindergarten (11.10)
  • 4C workshop with Else Edizioni (11.00 to 12.30)
  • 2D library workshop (14.00 to 15.15)

14 March

  • 5M day-trip Orecchio Acerbo
  • Grade 3 story-telling workshop with actor Marco Quaglia (11.00 to 12.30)
  • 1S library workshop (14.00 to 15.15)

15 March

  • Usborne Book Fair (all-day)
  • 6K workshop with actor Marco Quaglia (09.15 to 11.15)
  • 5P library workshop
  • 1B library workshop (14.00 to 15.15)

16 March

  • Usborne book fair (all-day)
  • Dress-up day: favourite book-character (all-day)
  • 6Y workshop with actor Marco Quaglia (09.15 to 11.15)
  • TR library workshop (14.00 to 15.15)

Middle and High

12 and 13 March

  • Reading mob (09.15) - 12 March
  • Little Reader Book Fair (all-day) - 12 and 13 March

14 March

  • Medea workshop with Ms. Parnanzone (08.35 to 10.25)
  • Grade 8 assembly and Skype interview with Professor Rupert Brown (11.20 to 12.30)
  • Inter-house debating competition (13.30 to 16.05)

15 March

  • Usborne Book Fair (all-day)
  • 9A Pride and Prejudice workshop with Ms. Vanneste and Mr. Allard (11.40 to 14.15)
  • 9B Pride and Prejudice workshop with Ms. Cope (14.15 to 16.05)

16 March

  • Usborne book fair (all-day)
  • G11 Marketing workshop with Ms. Martini (09.30 to 11.40)
  • 7A Pride and Prejudice workshop with Ms. Cope and Ms. Orellana (11.40 to 14.15)
  • 7B Pride and Prejudice workshop with Ms. Cope (14.15 to 16.05)

Learn more about common themes and connections

There is a vast collection of classical as well as contemporary literature touching on the topic of prejudice and how appearances can be deceptive. Prejudice or attitude of bias come in different forms: racism, sexism, classism; whatever its outline it develops from the same principle. Behind prejudice we often discover there is a struggle for power. The relationships between appearance, deception, prejudice, and power is fascinating.

Learning to read multiple books while investigating common themes and connections is a key skill for successful students:

In the Gruffalo the little mouse, usually an underestimated character, shows to be the smartest animal of the wood. Don't judge a book by its cover!

In The Tale of Two Beasts the same story is told from two different points of view: what is the truth? How many times you think you know the truth, but other people have another opinion?

In Wonder we meet a boy who appears as an extraordinary kid because of the deformity of his face, but he feels to be ordinary as all the kids. Have you ever looked at someone in this way? Have you ever felt this way? Do you judge other people?

Central to Middlemarch is the idea that great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion. In a world where the social class system controlled every aspect of life; prejudice, reputation, gender and class inequalities influenced peoples' choices and to maintain social standing, women had to marry into respectable, wealthy families.

In Pirandello's novels the attitude to human personality and the whole concept of reality in human relations is not a fixed entity, but an infinitely fluid, blurred and relative concept.

In Pride and Prejudice swift judgment almost always leads to error and misunderstanding;

Book Week will officially start with a bell and Mr. Allard's voice on the loudspeaker inviting everyone in the school to stop what they are doing and to start reading for ten minutes. This is an invitation to find a few minutes for reading everyday.

Book Week raffle

From Monday 12 March, Elementary students will be selling raffle tickets for charity, during exit time. Each ticket will cost €2.00 and a raffle draw will be held on Friday 16 March. The prizes will consist of 3 vouchers for Usborne Books, which can be ordered through the RIS librarians. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will be donated to the PTA's charity projects.