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Just Kidding Hardcover – Picture Book, 1 April 2006
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"'Just Kidding' is a terrific tool for any classroom and for our own organization." -- Ann S. Kelly, Director, HANDS & WORDS ARE NOT FOR HURTING PROJECT
"This is a wonderful book for individual kids as well as for entire classes." -- Lisa Sloan, Executive Director, FULL ESTEEM AHEAD
"Trudy Ludwig has not only captured the heart of boy taunting, but also the best solutions." -- Susan Wellman, Founder, THE OPHELIA PROJECT
- Publisher : Tricycle Press; Illustrated edition (1 April 2006)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1582461635
- ISBN-13 : 978-1582461632
- Reading age : 6 - 9 years
- Item Weight : 318 g
- Dimensions : 21.29 x 0.76 x 26.37 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #552,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book tackles the problem of telling the difference between good natured and malicious teasing,
which is difficult to tell as a child. "What's the problem? I was just kidding" might sound familiar if you
have experienced this before.
This type of teasing does not go away by "standing up" for yourself and it requires attentive adults as illustrated
in the book. The main character's dad tries to teach him to deflect the bullying, but it ends up not working
(which is closer to real life) so they end up going to the principal and the bully ends up in counseling.
In a happy ending, the main character does NOT become friends again with the bully, but chooses to make friends
with kids who are positive and like him for who he is.
I would recommend this book for children who are experiencing this particular type of bullying to help them
understand what type of teasing is okay and which is not, and what to do if you are being teased in a mean way.
I would also recommend this book for the parents of children who are being teased-
it's too often that we forget what it's like to be a child and how helpless we feel and that we are "tattling" instead of
trying to help ourselves. Parents can't dismiss their child because bullying is something that can cause lifelong
damage and children are not equipped to know how to deal with it, and not everyone experiences it the same way.
There is always some level of truth to “just kidding” type of bullying. It’s passive/aggressive. For example: if someone is wearing a shirt that makes them look fat, a “friend” might say, “Wow, are you wearing your little brother’s shirt? I’m just kidding.” This bully thinks the rude comment isn’t really hurtful because she added “just kidding” after the comment. So if the person says, “Hey that was kinda rude” the bully responds with something like, “geez, can’t you take a joke.” Making the person feel like they are the problem.
I was hoping for a better solution to this kind of behavior and even an explanation why bullies use this kind of tactic.