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Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to &hellip by Maria Dismondy
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This is a fantastic title to share with children on the theme bully/bullied/bystander. Vibrant illustrations and an engaging story. The picture of Lucy, eyes welling up with tears after she has been bullied is so so powerful! The message of this book is all about courage: 'courage to stand up for yourself but also courage to forgive and reach out to others. Lucy has been bullied by Ralph in some truly nasty ways. When he gets stuck on the monkey bars, she has the opportunity to get back at him. Instead she realizes, looking at him so full of fear, that just like her Papa Gino told her, Ralph has a heart with feelings. Lucy offers her help, demonstrating courage to do the right thing and… Read more
Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly
Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Swoon over Prudence!, March 11 2012
Okay start counting how many books you have read about a child who really wants a pet and the parents say no. No, it's too much work. No, you won't look after it. No, we don't have time, space, energy . . . I can think of many. So how can another book on this theme really seem fresh, new, inspired? Prudence Wants a Pet written by Cathleen Daly and illustrated by Stephen Michael King will sweep you off your feet. This book is simply about the determination and charisma of Prudence. And yes, her extreme and unrelenting desire for a pet! I dare you not to adore her! Prudence really wants a pet but her parents roll out those typical parent excuses. So she is left to her own devices. She gets… Read more
Bird Child by Nan Forler
Bird Child by Nan Forler
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Literature, Sept. 18 2011
Bird Child: so much beautiful writing and visually, it is absolutely gorgeous. This book should have a special place on the shelf in every school library and should be read and discussed with students again and again. There are not enough picture books that so thoughtfully explore the active role of the bystander in changing the way a bully might act and the way a peer is treated. In my primary classroom this book had big impact. Read more here: [...]

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