JOE is a story about being
unique in a family where everyone is named Joe in some form. The story
uses homonyms and humor to teach similarities and differences.
From Irregular Joe...
On the way home, Young Joe and his mother, Josette saw a huge
sign outside the local superstore: ALL IRREGULAR ITEMS HALF PRICE. They
As they shopped, Young Joe looked at his mother
curiously and asked, “What’s an irregular item?”
She said, “Irregular can mean many things, but
generally it means not regular.”
Joe blurted, “I’m a regular Joe, aren’t I?”
Josette stopped what she was doing and studied her
only boy. She touseled his hair and kissed his forehead. “You are my
son and you are no regular Joe.”
Young Joe explained. “Our entire family is named
Joe and now there is a new baby, and his name will be Joe, too. I don’t
want to be a regular Joe.”
“What would you like to be?” asked Josette.
“Irregular,” Joe said sheepishly.
Josette giggled. “Why would you want to be
“So that I’m no longer a regular Joe,” he answered
as he looked down at his shoes.
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