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Simon's Hook: A Story about Teases and Put Downs
     

Simon's Hook: A Story about Teases and Put Downs

by Karen Gedig Burnett, Laurie Barrows (Illustrator)
 

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Simon�s Hook is a perfect way to help children of all ages learn resiliency and personal empowerment. This is a fun and loving way to boost a kid's self-esteem. (Jack Canfield, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul� series)

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Simon�s Hook is a perfect way to help children of all ages learn resiliency and personal empowerment. This is a fun and loving way to boost a kid's self-esteem. (Jack Canfield, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul� series)

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Children's Literature - Lori M. Saporosa
Grandma Rose's wittiness and compassion helps Simon survive a childhood that is filled with name calling, being laughed at, and feeling isolated and different from the other kids. Her trick is teaching Simon how to deal with the other children's "baits" through five specific steps. These steps include ignoring, distracting, agreeing, and/or laughing with the teasing and removing himself from the situation. By giving him options that could fit into any situation Grandma Rose is enabling Simon to defend himself and yet stay out of trouble. These are noteworthy tips for elementary-aged and older children who are subjected to ridicule, and as a result, low self-esteem. This story would be most beneficial to middle school-aged children. Kids in elementary grades may have difficulty with the advanced vocabulary and length of text on a page. However, it could be read aloud and discussed with them. The book closes with a special note to parents and teachers regarding helpful tips to initiating discussion with a child about this subject.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Simon experiences a "bad hair day" after his sister cuts out portions of his hair to remove some chewing gum. When his friends tease him, the boy rushes home in tears. He finds consolation when his Grandmother Rose tells him "a fish story" that illustrates the pitfalls of providing an easy target for teasing by "biting the hook." Simon's self-esteem returns, and he rejoins his friends and withstands their comments by following his grandmother's sage advice. Burnett concludes with useful information for adults about teasing and instructions for using the book. The "sticks and stones" theme is patently obvious, and is presented in a didactic and patronizing manner that glosses over the real emotional turmoil children experience. The grandmother's wisdom and Simon's transparent gullibility also contribute to the condescension. The full-color illustrations are of average quality. Notwithstanding the positive theme of the book, the story is too contrived to make it plausible for bibliotherapy.-Paul Kelsey, East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library, LA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Midwest Book Review
All children experience the taunts and teasings of other children. Karen Burnett is an elementary school counselor with more than 20 years experience and has written a wonderful picturebook story (charmingly illustrated by Laurie Barrows) that offers an intriguing, entertaining, and proven technique that kids can employ when feeling hurt or confused as a result of teasing by friends, peers or siblings.Simon's Hook: A Story About Teases and Put-Downs helps children to recognize they have choices and through the use of a fishing analogy, Burnett shows them how to "swim free" of feeling helpless, trapped, stuck, or powerless and able only to hit back or run away. Simon's Hook is recommended reading for boys and girls ages 6 and up, and a "must" for all school and public library collections.
Parent Council
I was so excited when I read this book! As a school counselor I have tried for years to explain to children how bullies "bait" them into arguments and fights. This picture book uses the analogy of fishing to help children understand this process. The "fish" use different techniques to avoid being "caught." I read this to a fifth grade class who really enjoyed the book and could relate to the problem of how to respond to "baits." The book is colorful, with cartoon-style illustrations. It is entertaining as well as informative and will appeal to elementary age children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780966853018
Publisher:
GR Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Grandma Rose Story
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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