Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really liked this one - it breaks away from the pack of bullying books which almost invariably have the bully be some kid who was just lonely and they all become friends...for children who are bullied, those kind of books are never helpful and make them feel even more isolated.
This book is spot on for sharing when a child is being picked on - and having the bully say "just kidding" is so on the mark - the frequent way bullying really picks away at children because it is not considered a dangerous situation, just words, just kidding around, and meanwhile the bullied child starts to feel their world get smaller and sadder and they feel they have few places to turn. Having had special needs children who were bullied on all levels - from the "just kidding" to the all out attack, I am especially pleased to find this book. I will be ordering it pronto for my library. note - there is a helpful foreward by Stan Davis, a bullying prevention consultant.
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