Tomorrow we celebrate our Thanksgiving with all my family. My sister from Texas who is always so supportive of my writing will be there with her husband. My son and his wife will be there. Plus all my nieces and their children will be there. We expect somewhere between twenty and thirty people to eat. My contribution will be fruit salad with tiny marshmallows, always a favorite. I will bring it in a huge bowl I reserve for four doubles of cookie recipes and kneading bread. Like I said it is huge.
It is a wonder I got this PPBF done with my sister in town because I have just had three phone conversations with her in the last half hour while typing this up and I will go see her after lunch. This after seeing her all day yesterday. Make no mistake. I LOVE this sister and there is no substitute for her. She is Special. I can hardly wait till I see her again in an hour. She is one of those people who make you seem so much more than you really are. So much more loveable, sos much more authentic, and all the bad qualities one has seems to disappear in her presence.
Her name is Johanna Ash and she has gifted me with a guest post on Annie’s Special Day which you will find here. And once when I was talking food? She gifted me with a recipe on Green Chilli Peppers. So you can see she is very special to me.
Do you want a PPBF for today? Or do you want chocolate? I have a bowl of Hershey goodness sitting on the table near by. Want some? Take it and then read my post about anti bullying.
Title: Just Kidding
Author: Trudy Ludwig
Illustrator: Adam Gustavson
Tricycle Press, Fiction, 2006
For ages four to eleven
Resources: Organization: The Empower Program , www.empowered.org
Full esteem Ahead, www.fullesteemahead.org
Hands & Words Are Not for Hurting Project, www.handsproject.org
Operation Respect, www.operationrespect.org
The Ophelia Project, www.opheliaproject.org
And there were more at the end of the book plus recommended readings for both adults and children.
First Three Sentences: “There are times I hate being a kid. Here I am, waiting to see which team will choose me for some pickup basketball. And the decision rests on a stupid game of Rock Paper Scissors.”
Summary: With help from his father, older brother, and teacher, DJ. learns how to handle a classmate who claims that his mean-spirited ‘teasing” is just a joke.
Why I love it: This book was written before Ludwig’s famous “Confessions of a Secret Bully” but is along the same vein. This book, Just Kidding, looks at these two words and show how they can hurt. Then she talks about Bullying in a forward by Stan Davis, bullying prevention consultant and founder of www.stopbullyingnow.com .
This book is different than Confessions of a Secret Bully in that it is not as thorough and that it occurred between two friends as you can see from the summary. I like this book because of that and because it is simpler. It breaks down bullying into two words, Just Kidding. In the simple beginning of Rock Paper Scissors it shows how hurtful waiting to be chosen for a team can be.
Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books and where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome! Try it! 🙂
So there you go! Have a great weekend!