Pepita and the Bully/Pepita y La Peleonera

Pepita and the Bully/Pepita y La Peleonera

by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman, Alex Pardo Delange
     
 

Pepita is back! And though she likes her new school, she has decided that—after three days—she isn't going back. She's sorry too, because she likes her teacher, Miss Chu, who has black eyes and a sunny smile. She likes her bright, colorful classroom. And she especially likes the playground. But she does not like Babette, a mean-spirited girl who makes fun of…  See more details below

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Pepita is back! And though she likes her new school, she has decided that—after three days—she isn't going back. She's sorry too, because she likes her teacher, Miss Chu, who has black eyes and a sunny smile. She likes her bright, colorful classroom. And she especially likes the playground. But she does not like Babette, a mean-spirited girl who makes fun of Pepita's name, her braids, and even her dog, Lobo. And so she has decided that she doesn't want to go back to school. That night at supper, Pepita tells her family about her decision and Babette's bullying. Her parents encourage her to try again, and advise her to be kind. Her brother tells her not to fight, because bullies like to fight. So against her will, Pepita goes back to school. Babette immediately starts to attack Pepita with unkind comments. In spite of her best intentions, Pepita simply can't be nice to someone as nasty as Babette. To Pepita's surprise, it turns out that Babette knows how to dish out hurtful comments, but she doesn't like to be on the receiving end! Ofelia Dumas Lachtman once again pairs with illustrator Alex Pardo DeLange to introduce children ages 4 – 8 to an important subject through the antics of plucky little Pepita. Kids will learn—along with Pepita—how to deal with overbearing kids.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—In this adventure, which takes place three days into the new school year, Pepita loves her teacher and most of her classmates, but one student bullies her and pulls her hair; she makes fun of her name, and even of her dog. Pepita's parents encourage her to be nice to Babette, which is difficult, so she starts taking out her frustration on the bully, and Babette can't handle it. The illustrations are plentiful, colorful line drawings that are closely intertwined with the text and capture fine details of the story. The text is written in a large, clear font with the Spanish being separated from the English by a related illustration. The straightforward narrative, appealing artwork, and realistic story line make for a good addition to most collections.—Rhonda Jeffers, Coweta Public Library System, Newnan, GA
Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
Poor Pepita. She has just started school and, after just three days, she does not want to go back again. Why? Babette, the class bully, keeps tormenting her. She starts by teasing Pepita about her name, and then makes fun of her dog and ridicules her braids. What is Pepita to do? To refute Babette's words, Pepita turns to the people in her neighborhood. She asks Mrs. Green about her name, the mailman about her dog, and Mrs. Becker about braids. All of them contradict Babettes's harmful words. Her mother stresses the importance of going to school. No matter what, Pepita is told to be nice to others. When she sees Babbette again, Pepita makes her think about what she has said and question her words. Babbette then starts to feel unhappy. This book is a great resource in a class or library collection to introduce and open up dialogue about verbal bullying. The Spanish translation is underneath the English text, ensuring it is suitable for bilingual readers or those who speak either language. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558856899
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
05/28/2011
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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