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it is absolutely not a story. it is a collection of morals and psychological suggestions. There are no good characters in it other than an attempt of creating that main one where the girl supposedly was a bully before. I was not able to read it through myself and could not blame my kiddos for not listening to it.
I recommend this book for everyone, but it is a MUST for school counselors. For all of us who struggle to steer children in the right direction when they are confronted by a bully, this book provides many strategies, all of which are useable and are exemplified in a way students will understand. I especially appreciate the paragraph about what negative consequences ignoring the bully can have. Many of us, myself included, have told students to just ignore. I think the more we learn about bullying, the more we can understand that ignoring doesn't work. This book gave me some great ideas for some things I can do as a school counselor to work with the victims (targets), bystanders, and bullies. I love the Think About It cards and I can't wait to incorporate this idea into my school counseling program. I very much appreciate the way you incorporated the school counselor into your book and emphasized the importance of our jobs as well as how we can positively impact the lives of students. Amazing book. Thank you Trudy!
It recently came to my attention that my daughter's behaviour at school wasn't nice. In fact, she was being mean to some girls. I started looking for resources. I didn't want the perspective of the person being bullied;I wanted to hear from the mean girl. I started reading this book, and then told my daughter about it. I told her she wasn't a bully, but that her behaviour was moving in that direction. (It's so important to talk about how a child acts rather than how they are. Bullying behaviour is more easily changed then the identity of a bully.) She read it and was open to talking about it. I think she has a better sense now of where bullying comes from, and I think it will continue to give us a place to talk from.
This is a great book. Well written. I use it during therapy sessions to help kids on 'both sides of the bully fence' to gain insight into bullying. Other therapists keep borrowing it from me so I guess I'm going to have to buy another one and hide it in my office.... LOL!
A unique and creative way to get the correct message about bullying across to children . There are some terrific quotes that enhance the story and a wealth of resources for parents at the back of the book.
This is a great book to discuss bullying with your children, friends, students (if a teacher this is an amazing resource to plan a 5 week lesson plan on bullying, discussing alternatives, enlightening for future knowledge, and more.), and any where kids may encounter a bully. Everyone can learn what is bullying, how to redirect it, and how to make healthy choices.
I looked long and hard, asking teachers, child development professionals and other mothers for their help with the bullying problem at my daughters school. Then I found these books, this one in particular but I suggest buying all three. My daughter took them in to her second grade class and they were used as part of the curriculum, and let me tell you nothing has made a bigger difference in her social life than this book. Suddenly everyone had a story to tell and the class was actively participating in ideas about bullying and how not to do it. I credit this books clear and easily understandable tone and it's vivid images and quotations, with helping every child in her class glean something from this book. Needless to say we are buying a set for her teacher so that she can use them almost as a textbook on sparking discussion of the intricacies of girl bullying. Buy them now, at least this one if not all three, you will only be happier and better informed and hopefully it will open conversation with your own child. Cannot recommend them highly enough.
I'm having my 3rd grader read this after some issues with her bullying others at school. I think this helps clarify the issue for her so that she better understands how her behavior is interpreted when she tries to manipulate others with threats.