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review 2016-11-07 20:54
Anti- Bullying!
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat - Anna Dewdney

I love love love this book! It is a great book to read to Kindergarten or first grade at the beginning of the year. It teaches the importance of no bullying through fun, fictional characters. I would read this book and then make class rules with my students. I think this is a great activity to introduce during the first week of school. It is also a great book to readdress if bullying starts up on your class. It will show that the llama does not like to be bullied by the billy goat and that no one wants to be a bully. 

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review 2016-07-21 02:57
Children's Review: The Sockkids say No to bullying
The SockKids Say NO to Bullying - Shelley Larkin,Wilbur Wright, Alexandra Ripley, Mark Joseph, Miep Gies & Alison Leslie Gold,Michael John Sullivan

We received this book to give an honest review. 


K and I have read about the Sockkids before and enjoyed the adventure they went on. In this story we meet Ethan and Olivia and of course Sudsy and Wooly. The new kid Olivia keeps to herself and when Ethan sees that she enjoys reading like him he wants to make friends with her until a group of boys start picking on him because of it. When they tear up his book the sockkids Wooly and Sudsy come to the rescue and in doing so help introduce Olivia to Ethan. It goes to show that just because you are bullied you don't have to stay silent. Though I would have liked to have seen what the consequences to the boys that were bullying Ethan and others. 

After this incident it seems that Olivia and Ethan along with two other children become friends. 


As a parent I thought this was a good book to read to K and I truly enjoyed at the end of the story the information on bullying. From a small quiz to asking questions on if you are getting bullied.

This book is more for the ages maybe 7 on up just because the sentences are longer and I think that age group might understand the story a lot more than the younger kids. 

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review 2015-09-12 14:04
Fared better, but still had some issues...
Victim of Bullying: The day I stood up and said No more! - Lara Hemp

This was a better memoir in some ways: It was less about ego and patting oneself on the back, and more about the effects of bullying.   Even though there wasn't much in the way of describing actual events that happened during the bullying, the events that she described were horrifying.   Looking back, I realize I didn't feel that same sense of stomach churning disgust in the other book. 


This, however, made me feel that bullying, showed me solid examples of bullying - punching, stones thrown at her - as well as the results.   (She ends up cutting, although clearly does not want to take her own life.)


There are a lot of typos, although oddly enough, this adds to the book's overall effect.   The author mentions being so sick when she thought of going back to school that she left far earlier than she should have.   


This book is why when people ask me if I've ever been bullied, I say no.   I shrug off the schoolyard taunts for what they were: kids taunting someone who dared to have different tastes.   I was never truly humiliated - a little embarrassed sometimes, but not enough to hurt myself, nor to stop liking what I liked, and I was never physically harmed.  I could simply go through my days, many of which didn't include taunts.  


It's the brutality of the bully that this book emphasizes.   The words, the physical violence, the nastiness?   i've never encountered that, at least not that I remember, and certainly not directed at me.   (And given this woman's life, the words were at least as harmful as the physical blows.)


Once again, the execution could use some work.   Even without the typos and other assorted grammatical errors, this could have been tightened up a bit.   I applaud the author for the courage it took to write this raw book, revealing some truly painful moments, it needed a bit of work.   Just a tad, but the need was there.


Still, if one can look pass all that?   I'd highly recommend this book.   As is, I can't give it a full five stars. 

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