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Author: Betty Jo Schuler

Illustrator: Susan Scott

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Publisher: DiskUs Publishing,

Material: E-Book

Summary: This is an interactive text designed to help kids identify and understand bullies and bullying behavior. They also have the chance to earn their Banish Bullies badge. This is less a story and more a model for opening dialogue with kids.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 12; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 5 to 10

Age of Child: Read with 3-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He recognized some of the behaviors, as they are things preschoolers tend to do: push, grab, kick.

Adult Reader Reaction: With modification to the text, the book is helpful in affirming proper social behaviors for our preschooler. There are some elements (like name calling) that are beyond her comprehension right now.

Pros: You can use this book with individual children or in groups. It affirms proper social etiquette, as well as explains bullying behavior. You can test their listening skills with the built-in quizzes.

Cons: If read verbatim, young children (who tend to be literal and still working on social skills) may label themselves as bullies.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Especially if you have a classroom-like setting or work with children of different ages.


Educational Themes: The question and answer format gives parents and teachers the means to talk about bullying, empathy, and social mores.

Notes: This book is available hardcopy or e-book. There is also a companion activity book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, guidebook, interactive learning, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2005

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