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Monday, February 22, 2010

Book Review: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies

Author: Howard Binkow
Illustrator: Susan F. Cornelison
Interest Level: Ages 4-9
About This Book: Howard the bunny is being bullied at school by the Snorton twins. Even though his intuition tells him to tell the teacher about it, he chooses different strategies. Howard tries ignoring, avoiding, making jokes and getting back at the bullies. Nothing works and things get worse. He finally tells his teacher. She takes action and makes him feel okay and safe. This book comes with a lesson and resources to deal with bully issues.

Be brave, be bold
a teacher must be told.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Children need to learn the difference between small problems they can deal with themselves and big problems which need to be reported to an adult. Howard B. Wigglebottom tries to use different strategies to deal with bullies,  however, the strategies fail over and over again. He then realizes he he must report the problem. When kids repeated attempts of trying to stop bully behavior fail, I consider this a full on big bully problem. If you are a school counselor, I strongly recommend this book be part of your bully curriculum. Oh, and the author's website, The We Do Listen Foundation is full of goodies like games, lesson plans, songs, coloring pages, AND the books are animated. The kids LOVE watching the animated version. I read the book first and use the animated version as a follow up.

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