Trouble Talk

Trouble Talk

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by Trudy Ludwig, Mikela Prevost
     
 

Maya's friend Bailey loves to talk about everything and everyone. At first, Maya thinks Bailey is funny. But when Bailey's talk leads to harmful rumors and hurt feelings, Maya begins to think twice about their friendship.

In her fourth book for children, relational aggression expert Trudy Ludwig acquaints readers with the damaging consequences of "trouble

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Maya's friend Bailey loves to talk about everything and everyone. At first, Maya thinks Bailey is funny. But when Bailey's talk leads to harmful rumors and hurt feelings, Maya begins to think twice about their friendship.

In her fourth book for children, relational aggression expert Trudy Ludwig acquaints readers with the damaging consequences of "trouble talk"-talking to others about someone else's troubles in order to establish connection and gain attention. Includes additional resources for kids, parents, and teachers, as well as advice from Trudy about how to combat trouble talk. Trudy Ludwig's books have sold more than 50,000 copies. Includes foreword by Dr. Charisse L. Nixon, author of Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
When a new girl joins her class, Maya is asked to help her feel welcome. Bailey talks a lot and she asks a lot of questions and it does not' take Maya and her classmates long to discover that Bailey is a gossip and a troublemaker. After Bailey visits Maya's home, a rumor starts around school that Maya's parents are getting a divorce. Maya is upset, and her teacher sends her to the counselor. During the visit with the counselor, the whole story comes out and Maya learns how some people indulge in "trouble talk." The counselor encourages Maya to not take part in this kind of talk. The counselor tells her to "keep doing what you've been doing. Don't join in and don't pass on rumors. Just change the subject and hang out with kids who make you feel safe." Ludwig speaks to children on a level that they can understand, about a serious problem they will inevitably encounter. Teachers and parents will find information in the author's note about "trouble talk" and how to turn it into "healthy talk" and how bystanders can be empowered. Also included are questions for discussion and additional resources. Mikela Prevost's illustrations are amazingly supportive of the text and help create a book that should be in every school library. Reviewer: Naomi Williamson
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4- When Bailey comes to Hoover Elementary, Maya is picked to be her Welcome Buddy. At first, Maya likes having a new, lively friend, but at a sleepover, Bailey is cruel to another girl. Later, she overhears a conversation on the playground and broadcasts confidential information. Finally, after listening to Maya's parents fight, she spreads the rumor that they're getting a divorce, causing Maya to seek the school counselor's help. Ms. Bloom defines Bailey's actions as "trouble talk.... Spreading rumors, saying hurtful things, and sharing information that isn't hers to share are examples of the kind of talk that leads to nothing but trouble." She gives Maya tips on how to not get involved and to choose instead "kids who make you feel safe." As the story ends, Bailey works to remedy her conduct. Given the prevalence of these behaviors, young readers will readily identify with Maya's dilemma and appreciate the straightforward text. Colorful and expressive mixed-media art depicts a refreshing and realistic multicultural schoolyard. A foreword, geared toward adults, gives insight into this type of bullying, discussing the need to connect with others in constructive rather than destructive ways. Appended are an author's note with further tips for addressing the problem, discussion questions, and additional resources. This picture book would be well used by school counselors or social workers to interface with a child who's exhibiting or harmed by "trouble talk."-Martha Topol, Traverse Heights Elementary School, MI

Kirkus Reviews
This purposive tale about gossip has great potential as a discussion starter. New girl Bailey loves to talk, but narrator Maya finds that too many of her observations are rude or inappropriate. Defining "trouble talk" as "Spreading rumors, saying hurtful things, and sharing information that isn't [one's] to share," Ms. Bloom, a school counselor, helps the young narrator to sort out her feelings about her vivacious but insensitive new friend. Ludwig acknowledges the lure of connection and the pleasure of sharing information about others but also exposes the harm that words can do. Luckily, she avoids a dry, preachy tone despite the seriousness of the subject. Prevost's simultaneously realistic and quirky illustrations combine watercolor, gouache, acrylic and collage, adding energy and emotion to the text and helping it to flow naturally. The informative foreword and backmatter will be useful to adults using the book with children. While it's unlikely to be any child's favorite read-aloud, an above-average presentation makes it a surprisingly successful picture book. (author's note, discussion questions, additional resources) (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582462400
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
209,651
Product dimensions:
8.39(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

TRUDY LUDWIG is the author of many books for children, including My Secret Bully and Confessions of a Former Bully. An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, she is a sought-after speaker who collaborates frequently with organizations like The Ophelia Project, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Putting Family First. Trudy has been profiled on national television, radio, and in newsprint, and her books have received the Mom's Choice Gold Award, the CCBC's "Best of the Best" award, and have been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People.

MIKELA PREVOST earned her MFA in Illustration from California State University Fullerton. She now lives in Arizona with her husband and daughter.

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