This selection is about behavior in school and the horrible effects of bullying. It offers a solution and cause for bullying that is a great discussion starter. It is also introducing “No Name Calling Week” from January 23 to January 27, 2012. A site you can go to for learning more about this is http://pages.simonandschuster.com/nonamecalling.
Written and illustrated By: Tomie dePaola
Published By: G.P. Putnam’s Sons – 2003 fiction
Themes: Bullies, Behavior, Schools, Twins, Friendship
Written for: Ages four through elementary school
Resources: To stop the bullying: http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=12019 . For students to develop sensitivity to the “new” kid in class and to develop strategies for kids that are “trouble” in school: http://www.spokenartsmedia.com/StudyGuides/Trouble%20in%20the%20Barkers’%20Class.pdf . Another general site is: http://www.tomie.com/books/bibliography/2003/trouble.html
From the Jacket: The Barker twins, Morgie and Moffie, are so excited: A new student is joining their class! Morgie makes her a welcome card, and Moffie can’t wait to play blocks with her. But when Ms. Shepherd introduces Carole Anne to the class, she doesn’t smile. Instead she causes trouble. She pushes Moffie in line and scribbles on Morgie’s drawing. She even throws Morgie’s special dinosaur book into the bushes! With Carol Anne making it impossible for anyone to like her, everyone in the lass starts to ignore her. But one Saturday, Morgie hears someone crying behind the bushes near the Barkers’. It’s Carole Ann! Will Morgie try to find out what’s wrong – before there’s even more trouble in class?
Why I like it: As usual Tomie dePaola has introduced a theme common to all elementary school students; fear of starting school in a new place or for the first time. With his clear style of writing he has explored the themes of bullies as well as friendship. And to beat all he has developed a strategy to solve the problem. With this theme prevalent in our schools today, this book should be imperative to be in every school library and recommended reading for all elementary school students.
For more books with resources please visit Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. You can also click the PPBF badge on the right and web will automatically wisk you away to the resource page.
Would you read it? Would you like to read it to your child out loud?
There is the last installment of author Susanna Leonard Hill’s interview on Tuesday to come back for and we promise a give away in time for Ground Hog Day. Eeks, I know how time marches on but I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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