Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story about Bullying

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This story tells how one child found the courage to tell a teacher about Ray, who was being picked on and bullied by other kids in school.

When bullies pick on a boy at school, a classmate is afraid, but decides that he must do something.

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This story tells how one child found the courage to tell a teacher about Ray, who was being picked on and bullied by other kids in school.

When bullies pick on a boy at school, a classmate is afraid, but decides that he must do something.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
On the playground, some bullies begin to pick on one student, Ray. Watching this performance, his classmates are unsure what to do to help. Ray stays home the next day, but the bullies begin planning ways to continue their harassment when he does return to school. Hearing this, the unnamed protagonist has had enough. He approaches his "listening' teacher, who tells him that coming to her was the correct thing to do. These two then plan their strategy. When Ray comes back the protagonist asks him to play with his group at recess, and when the kids who bullied come around, Ray's teacher and principal join the protagonist, putting the weight of procedural authority against the street smartness of the bullies. Phone calls from the principal to the parents of the bullies accomplish this strategy—"Nobody bullied that day. We won't let it happen. Together we know what to do and say." There is an "afterword" by McCain, which adds to the value of the book. This "A Note about Bully Prevention" tells us clearly that this is a storybook with a special purpose, and a place in elementary and junior high school libraries. 2001, Albert Whitman, $14.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Carolyn DCL Michaels
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Bullying is such a difficult issue for both adults and children. This book illustrates the pain and anguish of a young child who is being bullied. One child who witnessed what happened has the courage to tell his teacher and to befriend the victim. The school then takes steps to stop the bullying. This is what should happen; however I know from working in schools that not all teachers and administrators will handle this problem effectively. I think this book will work best with children who are in a school that has an anti-bullying program already in place. 2001, Albert Whitman & Company, $14.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: S. Latson SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Best suited for reading aloud, this picture book addresses the problem of bullying at school. From the very first sentence ("Nobody likes to think about it, even though we know it is not okay to hurt a person-"), the spare text allows children to acknowledge their feelings of powerlessness in the presence of a bully, even if they are not the focus of the intimidating behavior. A nameless protagonist serves as a spokesman for all of his classmates who don't know what to do, finally seeking help from his teacher when bullies plan to attack his friend. Getting help from an adult "so we could all figure out what to do" provides children with an active strategy as well as permission to tell without "tattling." McCain successfully presents a problem without sentimentalizing or sensationalizing it. Muted oil-on-paper illustrations are a bit stiff but still expressive. A brief discussion about "Bully Prevention" for adults is included.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807557112
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Concept Books Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 241,084
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    An Award Winner for Sure!

    This book is easy reading for young people and sends a message explaining the meaning of 'telling' someone about bullies, and that it is OK to say so. This book should be introduced to every school student, leaving out no-one for the chance to learn of this issue.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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