8 Worlds Upside Down

British Columbia
British Columbia
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Revue Stage
$17 / $9.50

We learn by example how to be good members of society, but what happens when those setting the example fall down on the job? In Ellen Schwartz’s Heart of a Champion, a young boy who’s nuts about baseball finds a way to keep his family’s spirits up amid the inhumane conditions of a Japanese Canadian internment camp. When children mistreat a crow in Roy Henry VickersPeace Dancer, the Chief of the Heavens brings down a ferocious storm, forcing people to abandon their homes. Only once the waters recede do the villagers see that they’ve failed to teach their children the importance of respect for all creatures. Sometimes, when worlds are upside down, we have a chance to learn how to be better people.

Suitable for Grades 4-7


  • Heart of a Champion, Ellen Schwartz
  • Peace Dancer, Roy Henry Vickers

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Identity, Diversity, Human Rights


Both Heart of a Champion and Peace Dancer describe the need for role models. Discuss with students who their role models are, or what a hero is to them. Create a chart as a class with the traits of what defines a ‘hero’ that students have contributed.