Say Something

Say Something

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by Peggy Moss, Lea Lyon
     
 

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At this school, there are some children who push and tease and bully. Sometimes they hurt other kids by just ignoring them.The girl in this story sees it happening, but she would never do these mean things herself. Then one day something happens that shows her that being a silent bystander isn’t enough. Will she take some steps on her own to help another kid?

Overview

At this school, there are some children who push and tease and bully. Sometimes they hurt other kids by just ignoring them.The girl in this story sees it happening, but she would never do these mean things herself. Then one day something happens that shows her that being a silent bystander isn’t enough. Will she take some steps on her own to help another kid? Could it be as simple as sitting on the bus with the girl no one has befriended (and discovering that she has a great sense of humor)? Resources at the end of the book will help parents and children talk about teasing and bullying and find ways to stop it at school.One child at a time can help change a school.Since its release in May 2004, this book has sparked Say Something weeks in schools from Maine to Shanghai. It has been turned into plays, distributed to hundreds of kids at conferences, read by principals on large screens, and rewritten by students in several schools (Do Something! is a favorite title). Most importantly, Say Something has helped start countless conversations among kids and adults about teasing.We’re celebrating with this new edition, updated with a new cover and an author’s note.

Editorial Reviews

Hazel Rochman - ALA
“K-Gr. 3 Can one person make a difference? Moss' obviously didactic book,
which seems designed for group discussion about bullying, focuses on the role of the bystander, a girl who sees the sadness of the victim but does nothing ("I walk on the other side of the hall. I don't say those things"). Realistic, lively watercolor illustrations show the child in a diverse school community, where kids are picked on and called names for being slow or different. The girl feels sad for them, but she looks away—until one day, when she is alone, the bullies make her cry, and her friends do nothing. The dramatic climax is quiet: the girl reaches out to a child who always sits alone on the bus, and the children have fun together. This is one of the best of the recent books for discussion about teasing; its direct, first-person narrative and informal portraits bring close classroom, hallway, and schoolyard scenarios for kids and adults to talk about. Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved”
NEA Today
“Most appropriate for children in grades two through six but, this short, sweet story offers a lesson for all ages -(National Education Association)”
New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention
“Activating child bystanders...helpful in raising this issue for discussion... compelling enough to be useful to discussions... all age groups.”
Black Issues Magazine
“...excellent resource, written with clarity, sensitivity and directness.”
Kansas City Star
“Simple text...realistic watercolor drawings will pull readers into this story...One person can make difference is the theme...”
Corrina Austin
“Kindergarten-Grade 5–This story takes an interesting slant on an important topic. A young narrator describes different examples of bullying that she witnesses at school and on the bus, but remains silent. One day, when her friends are absent, she must sit alone in the cafeteria, and several students make jokes at her expense. In addition to feeling angry about being treated this way, the girl is frustrated with the other kids who look on sympathetically but say nothing. She is then able to empathize with other victims. The next day, she approaches a quiet girl who is often teased and finds a new friend. As well as demonstrating different examples of bullying, the author gradually but clearly illustrates that being a silent bystander contributes to the problem. Points are made quickly and simply, and the narrative has a natural flow that immediately draws readers in. Back pages include topics for discussion, practical and proactive advice for kids who are being targeted, and some good Web sites. The realistic watercolor illustrations depict busy school life and represent a diverse population. Emotions are portrayed beautifully through facial expression and body language. Suitable for independent reading or for sharing aloud, this book can be used in a classroom environment to set the stage for important dialogue about this universal and ageless issue.–Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.”
Publishers Weekly
Moss and Lyon make their children's book debuts with this well-intentioned if often wooden story, which opens as the narrator points out "a kid in my school who gets picked on all the time," another boy who gets teased and pushed in the halls, and a girl who always sits alone on the bus. The narrator asserts that she doesn't harass these individuals ("I don't say anything"). One day when she's sitting alone in the cafeteria, three schoolmates approach her and start telling jokes. She laughs-until the jokes "started to be about me." Her tormentors laugh as she cries, and the students eating at the next table stare at her in silence. When she relays the story to her older brother and shares her anger at the students at the neighboring table, he replies, "Why? They didn't do anything," and she responds, "Right." The tale ends abruptly on the following spread, as the narrator is pictured smiling with another girl: "On the bus the next day, I sat next to the girl who always sits alone. She's really funny!" The somewhat simplistic and monotonous tone is relieved by the impressionistic watercolors, which successfully capture the girl's expressions and moods. Concluding tips about dealing with bullying speak to older, more sophisticated readers ("Say something to the bully. Don't become part of the fight. But remember, often just a quick word or two will make the teasing or the mean-spirited joke stop"). Ages 5-12. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The main character of this story is a young girl who watches sadly as some of her classmates mock and harass fellow students. Then one day when her friends are out, she ends up sitting alone in the cafeteria and becomes herself a target for the bullies. Once home she complains to her big brother, "I was mad at the kids at the table next to mine." He shrugs and says "Why? They didn't do anything." That is her moment of truth. She realizes that not participating in the teasing is not enough—she has to do something actively to prevent it. The next day she makes friends with one of the bullies' victims, a girl who always sits alone on the bus, and has a revelation—"She's really funny!" The story ends there but the book does not. There are two more pages giving suggestions on how to stop bullies, as well as a list of additional resources about bullying and hate crimes, useful to both teachers and students. There is, however, some disparity between the reading level of this end section, which is more appropriate for middle schoolers, and the reading level of the story, which is a typical picture book text (simple sentences, large print). The illustrations are bright and expressive watercolors, capturing the full range of emotions in the story, but again there is a disparity between the subjects of the illustrations (middle school students) and the reading level of the text. 2004, Tilbury House, Ages 9 to 12.
—Dawn Elizabeth Hunt
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-This story takes an interesting slant on an important topic. A young narrator describes different examples of bullying that she witnesses at school and on the bus, but remains silent. One day, when her friends are absent, she must sit alone in the cafeteria, and several students make jokes at her expense. In addition to feeling angry about being treated this way, the girl is frustrated with the other kids who look on sympathetically but say nothing. She is then able to empathize with other victims. The next day, she approaches a quiet girl who is often teased and finds a new friend. As well as demonstrating different examples of bullying, the author gradually but clearly illustrates that being a silent bystander contributes to the problem. Points are made quickly and simply, and the narrative has a natural flow that immediately draws readers in. Back pages include topics for discussion, practical and proactive advice for kids who are being targeted, and some good Web sites. The realistic watercolor illustrations depict busy school life and represent a diverse population. Emotions are portrayed beautifully through facial expression and body language. Suitable for independent reading or for sharing aloud, this book can be used in a classroom environment to set the stage for important dialogue about this universal and ageless issue.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884482611
Publisher:
Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Peggy Moss prosecuted civil rights cases as an assistant attorney general in Maine. She now lives in Toronto

and provides workshops and presentations throughout North America on teasing and hate violence prevention to

parents, educators, and kids.
Peggy is co-author, with Dee Dee Tardif, of the award-winning book, Our
Friendship

Rules, and is the author of award-winning books, One of Us and Say Something.

Lea Lyon is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, painting teacher, and portrait artist who has made a

childhood dream come true. Lea loved to draw and paint as a child, and she wanted to be a children’s book illustrator. She ended up raising a family, going back to school for an MBA, and working in the corporate world,
but she kept painting. Now, at long last, Lea is a children’s book illustrator with five published picture books: Say

Something, Playing War, Keep Your Ear on the
Ball (all with Tilbury), The Miracle Jar and Operation Marriage. She lives in
Richmond, California.

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Say Something 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Say Something' should be in every classroom, and in everyone's library. With uncomplicated text and beautiful pictures, a lesson is taught about bullying - that it happens to anyone, and that it can be deflected by anyone. Even the littlest child has the power to stop it. Peggy Moss gets the message across and the message stays with you. There is even a list of ways anyone can make a difference at the end of the book. What a great idea!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bullying is a sad but common part of everyone's youth. We wanted to find a book that would help our kids learn to deal with it and ensure that they were not the ones doing the bullying. Peggy Moss has done a great job of this with a great story and creative illustration!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moss has done an exquisite job of presenting a highly accessible story that is also rich with meaning. Three types of characters inhabit the pages of this book- victim, bully and bystander. What child has not experienced being one, two or even three of those types in his/her own life? Children will relate to the events in the story in a very personal way, and because of this, Say Something provides rich fodder for discussion about respect and responsibility. I highly recommend this book for home and classroom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so pleased with this book -- it is one of my daughter's favorites! Finally a book that really speaks with a child's voice to the pain and feelings of bullying, and encourages children to take action in tough school situations. My daughter actually brought this book to her first grade class, and the teacher was pleased to share this message of empowerment with all the kids. What seems to work is that the message is subtle -- each child can take away their own understanding of how to keep bullies away from their friends. We will be looking for more from this author! Anyone who is helping their child deal with classroom bullies must have this book!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
At this school, there are some children who push and tease and bully. Sometimes the hurt other kids by just ignoring them. The girl in this story sees it happening, but she would never do these mean things herself. Then one day something happens that shows her that being a silent bystander isn't enough. Will she take some steps on her own to help another kid? Bright, fluid, realistic watercolors illustrate the story, set in a school with lots of diversity. Resources at the end of this book will help parents and children talk about teasing and bullying and find ways to stop it at school. One child at a time can help change a school. (excerpt from inside cover). In the book, Say Something by Peggy Moss, a child learns a lesson about bullying and teasing the hard way. She isn't willing to say something when she sees it happening to kids all around her at school and on the bus but when it happens to her, she suddenly views it differently. This is a great book for any parent to read, especially now when this subject is happening to either our own kids or kids we know. This book helps kids realize that they can do something to help and that this type of behavior shouldn't happen to anyone. I can't think of a better way to discuss this subject with our kids than this wonderfully illustrated story that puts it in a way that hits home with our kids. I received this wonderful book, compliments of Tilbury Publishing House for my honest review and think no home with kids should be without this book. Great for youth groups at church, day care, and schools I can definitely see this as a great way to discuss this topic to our children and those we know. This book rates a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and has a place in our permanent library!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have taught this book to kindergarteners through 5th graders... the simple sentence structure leads to discussion on each page according to their developmental level.