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review 2016-11-12 00:38
Spider and the Fly - Mary Howitt,Tony DiTerlizzi

The Spider and the Fly is a book about a spider who tricks a fly into his lair so he can devour her.  Students love to hear this story and it's appropriate for grades 1-5, depending on how the text is used.  I used this story to discuss peer pressure during red ribbon week while I was a counselor.

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review 2016-11-08 00:18
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes is a book about how peer pressure can literally affect a person. Camilla is worried about what other people will think about her and won't eat lima beans, because nobody else likes them. Camilla comes down with a bad case of stripes and has no choice but to be different now. This is a wonderful book to use when talking about peer pressure. I think that grades 2-5 could benefit most from reading this book. It is also gives a good lesson on how we should be and love ourselves no matter what. Who cares if we're different than everyone else?

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text 2013-09-22 22:33

Oh ho ho ... Look who got a certain someone to come back to book blogging?




(Damn it ... Now I probably have to read an omnibus. FML.)

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review 2013-09-11 00:00
Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World
Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World (Audio) - Tina Rosenberg,Dana Green Humans are social animals descended from a long line of hunter gathers who lived in small social groupings of extended families (i.e. tribes). We are programmed to care about what other people think of us. Rugged individualism is probably an imaginary facade in most cases. This book explores ways in which peer pressure can be adjusted to create positive behavioral changes.

The book provides examples of how efforts to motivate people with information or by using fear simply don’t work and sometimes have the opposite of the intended effect. Advertisers have known for many years one way to sell a product is to associate it with the “in crowd.”

We’ve heard about how peer pressure can cause people to behave badly (or stupidly). This book suggests that it can also cause good behavior and then proceeds to provide examples related to controlling AIDS, quitting smoking, improving grades, fighting terrorism, overthrowing oppressive governments, and improving infant mortality. This book refers to it as the "social cure."

This book has convinced me that the social cure is real. The problem is that it's difficult to create the required peer group to exert the required social pressure to cause the desired behavior.

Some quotes that caught my eye:

Quoting from “The Nurture Assumption” by Judith Rich Harris:
“She argued that once parents have passed along the genes, they have very little influence over their children--except to choose their child’s peer group.”
Referencing a study published in JAMA:
“Among children aged three to six, more knew Joe Camel than they did Mickey Mouse.” (prior to 1997 when Joe Camel ads ceased)
Other miscellaneous quotes:
“... joining a group that meets once a month will increase your happiness as much as doubling your income.”
“The short answer to the question of what makes people happy is this: other people.”
Referencing the results of study of body weight issues:
“...weight is socially contagious. If your friends are overweight, your are also likely to be overweight, even controlling for other factors. The contagion also works in the other direction; people with thin friends are more likely to be thin. Oddly, the connection also skipped a link--in the study, participants were significantly more likely to gain weight if a friend of a friend did, even if the friend who connected them gained no weight at all.”
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photo 2013-07-02 03:40

When someone likes the book I pressured them to read.

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