A Mango-Shaped Space Themes

A Mango-Shaped Space Themes
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A brown haired girl stands in front of a silhouetted cat and a blurred rainbow. She smiles with her hands on her hips. This is Mia from A Mango Shaped Space.

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Lesson Plans by Lauren Ayube

Thirteen year old Mia isn’t like everyone else. For her, words, numbers, and sounds have color. It’s all around her, all of the time - as if being thirteen isn’t hard enough already. When Mia starts struggling in school, she realizes that there has to be more to her than just not being “normal.” A Mango-Shaped Space is a heartwarming novel about fitting in, being different, and embracing what makes you unique.


A Mango-Shaped Space

Storyboard Description

Illustrate different themes in A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass using examples from the text!

Storyboard Text

  • IDENTITY
  • That's so cool that you see colors! What color is my name?
  • LOSS
  • I miss you so much, Grandpa.
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  • Beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather
  • The characters in this story all have their own uniqueness. When Mia is called a freak in third grade, she keeps her true self a secret. When Mia decides to take her condition head on and embrace it, the readers see her truly becoming herself.
  • Throughout the story, readers learn that Mia has lost both of her grandparents, and that she misses her grandfather a great deal. Jenna’s mom has also passed away, and Mia deals with the loss of her beloved cat, Mango.
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