My first thought on the subject was Judy Bloom’s book Freckle Juice. You can read a summary here. It is a charming book about a little boy who desperately wants freckles. His friend was freckled and he admired the look. I taught from this book when teaching 2nd and 3rd graders. Once I moved to the middle school I didn’t think I would ever have any use for the 15 copies I had purchased. I also figured I’d never use the curriculum unit I developed.
Fast forward a couple of years later when I applied for a grant to teach ESL students in the summer. My proposal was to use this easy book and my activities to work with the 10-, 11-, and 12-year-old non-English-speaking students. I got the job, but I was unsure if the students would be bored silly with the book for younger kids.
It turned out to be a hit. I would read a paragraph out loud, then have my students read together out loud and then a different student would read it to the group. It was a very enjoyable experience. This was in the time before computers, so we started with drawing freckles on ditto sheets with simple faces on them. Without making it seem like a lesson we worked on counting, colors, and parts of the face in English. The students were eager to expand their very limited English vocabulary. At the end of the class, I allowed each of the kids to keep the book. We had a fun time that summer.
I had a few light freckles when I was in the sun all summer. I loved them. Now that I know better, I avoid the sun at all costs. No more freckles for me. With 32% of my ancestry from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, I should have more freckles. I don’t want them enough to concoct some freckle juice though.