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Bullies Never Win

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by Margery Cuyler, Arthur Howard
     
 

When the class bully, Brenda Bailey, makes fun of Jessica’s skinny legs and her boyish lunch box, Jessica doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t want to be a tattletale, but she also wants the bullying to stop. Can Jessica find the courage to stand up for herself? From the team behind the first three books about Jessica and her worries, Bullies

Overview

When the class bully, Brenda Bailey, makes fun of Jessica’s skinny legs and her boyish lunch box, Jessica doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t want to be a tattletale, but she also wants the bullying to stop. Can Jessica find the courage to stand up for herself? From the team behind the first three books about Jessica and her worries, Bullies Never Win is immediately relatable, relevant, and a must-have for every school and library.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
In first grade, Jessica faced a lesson that had nothing to do with getting her homework done, or even getting it turned in on time. Jessica's biggest problem was Brenda Bailey. Every day Jessica went to school, Brenda found ways to bully her: from the clothes Jessica wore, to the way she played kickball, even to the homework Jessica turned in. If that was not enough for Jessica, she also worried about other things. For example, Jessica worried if her socks matched, worried if she could find her barrettes, and even worried about her knobby knees. For a first grader, Jessica had too much to worry about. Her teacher, Mr. Martin, had advised his class to "just ignore" the bullies, but Jessica did not think she could do that. After telling her mom about the problem with Brenda, Jessica came up with a plan. The next day, when Brenda began her bulling ways, Jessica put her plan into action. Brenda was stunned, embarrassed, and finally quiet. Can you imagine what Jessica's plan was? Could your child learn from Jessica? If your child has been bullied, or knows a child who is being bullied, the strategy Jessica used just might be helpful. This is a book that should be kept in all elementary classes and read out-loud regularly. Empowering children starts early, and Jessica's story and her solution are about empowering children. The colorful illustrations are humorous and on target for the elementary grades. If given the opportunity, children in grades first through fourth will enjoy picking this book up and reading it by themselves. Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

In this fourth tale about Jessica, the first grader is being picked on by a classmate. Brenda doesn't like it when Jessica does something better so she makes fun of the child's "toothpick" legs, derides her kickball abilities, and ostracizes her from the "popular" lunch table. The final straw is when her mother mistakenly gives Jessica her little brother's "boy" lunchbox and Brenda teases her about it in front of the other children. After Jessica breaks down in tears at home, her mother offers two rather simplistic options for dealing with the dilemma: tell the bully how you feel or tell the teacher and let him take care of the situation. When Brenda bothers Jessica the next day, Jessica finally decides that "Enough [is] enough!" and easily devastates Brenda with a few well-chosen words without stooping to her level of meanness. Entertaining pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations clearly illuminate the tale while deftly revealing the characters' variety of emotions. Not many bullies could be so easily defeated, but in a story for young children, a lesson in how to stand up for oneself is always welcome.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Worrier Jessica's previous problems with finding 100 things, remembering fire-safety rules and reading aloud all seem trivial in the face of Brenda Bailey, the bully of the first grade (Hooray for Reading Day, 2008, etc.). The quintessential girl bully, "perfect" Brenda doesn't steal or fight-she teases and belittles. Downtrodden Jessica changes everything about herself to try to get Brenda to stop. Ignoring her doesn't work, and the threat of telling the teacher only provokes the moniker of tattletale. In the end, Jessica comes up with a reply that she hopes will put an end to the abuse. While readers do not find out if Brenda has been defeated, it is plain that Jessica's actions have boosted her self-confidence. Howard's pen, ink and watercolor illustrations masterfully capture Brenda's "perfection," including the ugly face of jealousy and meanness that she so often exhibits. Body language speaks volumes-as Brenda heaps on the abuse, Jessica seems almost to shrink. With messages on many different levels for both the bully and the bullied, this has a home on library shelves. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689861871
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
459,449
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler is the award-winning author of numerous books for young readers. She lives with her husband and son in Princeton, New Jersey. Arthur Howard is the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant’s Mr. Putter and Tabby series as well as his own picture books. He lives in New York City.

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