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3.0 out of 5 starsUseful for 7-9 year olds, with adult support.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on February 10, 2020
This book is written with good intentions. However, the text is rather wordy and the illustrations are in a comic-strip style. For an adult to use with a child or small group, it could have a helpful place, but there appears to me to be a mismatch between the language and concepts and the illustrations. The target age group is hard to identify as the text is too difficult for 5-6 year olds, the sentences too long, etc. but the pictures are suitable for that age. The text is far better for older children, say 7-9, but the illustrations are not, especially when they focus on ways in which children can make others feel unhappy - mocking someone who wears glasses, etc. Personally, I find it far better for older children, but the topic and concepts need raising with young ones too, but I don't feel this book is ideal for the younger, 4-6 year olds.
The art is really good and accessible for children with great representation of characters.
The topic covered is done so well and with more than one point of view - its aimed at helping those who have or are suffering being teased. But also aimed at helping children who might be doing the teasing recognise that they might be causing harm - and to better recognise where the line is between friendly and hurtful.
My only criticism is that there is a LOT of text in this book on most pages. It might be intimidating for some children to read depending upon their reading level - and this is the sort of subject you want children to be able to read and learn with OR without adult supervision so they don't feel pressured or judged.
For adults, there is a great page of advice at the back with some contact info for further advice and help if it is needed.
5.0 out of 5 starsHelps children to understand and deal with teasing and bullying
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on February 16, 2020
Ideal for a school setting in PSHE lessons for Years 2-4 (6-9 year olds) or individually for higher age groups in Key Stage 2.
Bright colourful illustrations catch the attention; it has a modern feel with multi-cultural characters.
Covers a lot of teasing/ bullying scenarios and how to initially try and resolve matters individually or with the help of friends. It also guides the child to confide in a trusted adult if things don't improve.
There are drawing and writing activities in the back the book, to help the child think more about how to manage a situation.
Also included are the phone numbers of helplines and details of child help organisation websites, more relevant for older children.
I showed the book to a Primary School teacher who though it was great, she said the only thing that was missing was some form of wall poster with the key points on, to display in a class room situation.
I notice that there are three more books in this ‘Kids Can Cope’ series which cover anger, anxiety and fear.
This is a really well thought out picture book which is aimed at early school years. Teaching children about the effects that teasing has from both sides. The pictures themselves tell the story, so after reading with a child they can still follow what is happening on the pages too. Issues from shyness, poverty and being different are all addressed. The hurt that a child feels from being excluded and being hounded to how they feel about it to twisting it around and making the child doing the teasing think of how it would make them feel. It also deals with how to talk to ask that person to stop saying or doing what is hurtful or talking to an adult about how someone makes them feel and what they can do to help too. A series tackling serious issues in a positive way.