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Stick and Stone

Written By: Beth Ferry
Illustrated By: Tom Lichtenheld

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Stick and Stone

Summary: Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone’s teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid friendship is formed.

Rating: 3 ***

An extremely clever story. Ferry manages to create a story about sticks and stones break my bones but names will never hurt me.

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Janine

By: Maryann Cocca-Leffler

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Janine

Summary:
Janine is one of a kind. She focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She makes a difference just by being herself.

Rating: 3 ***

A cute story about a unique girl who doesn’t care about what others think, and more importantly cares about all other kids, making sure that they are included.

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The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

Written By: Justin Roberts
Illustrated By: Christian Robinson

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The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

Summary:
Sally McCabe is a very little girl, and nobody notices her, although she notices everything that goes on around her–but when she speaks out about the unkindness she sees, people start to pay attention.

Rating: 4 ****

A sweet book about bullying, and that no matter who you are, that there is something you can do and speak up.

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Miss Brooks’ Story Nook

Written By Barbara Bottner
Illustrations by Michael Emberley

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Miss Brooks’ Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome)

Summary:
A school librarian encourages her students to make up stories, and teaches a lesson about bullying in the process.

Rating: 3 ***

The story is about Missy a girl who loves story time. One day the lights go out so Miss Brooks’ can’t read the story. The kids need to invent one themselves. Most of the kids are fixated on one topic. Miss Brooks teaches Missy and the kids how to make up their own story in the book and Missy creates on to help her solve her bully problem.

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Yum Yum Yummy

By Martin Waddell

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Yum Yum Yummy

Greedy Guzzley Bear steals honey from three cubs, but Mummy Bear comes to the rescue.

Rating: 5*****

A good story about bullies for the preschool set.

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Superdog The Heart of a Hero

By Caralyn Buehner

Superdog The Heart of a Hero
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Tired of being overlooked because he is so small, a big-hearted dog named Dexter transforms himself into a superhero.

Rating: 4 ****

A great story that shows if you try had enough you can make a difference.

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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

By Bernard Waber

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Lyle the crocodile lives in a house on East 88th Street in New York City. He likes it there, and his hosts, the Primms, like having him around–he helps young Joshua with his homework, jumps-rope with the neighborhood kids, and browses through antique shops with Mrs. Primm. Much to the affable reptile’s dismay, however, he makes his neighbor’s cat Loretta crazy, which in turn makes Mr. Grumps, Loretta’s owner, even crazier. One day, Mrs. Primm and Lyle are shopping, when Lyle–through no real fault of his own–ends up infuriating department-store bigwig Mr. Grumps who turns red and blue and purple with rage. This unfortunate eruption lands the rollicking reptile in the Central Park zoo where Lyle fights back his crocodile tears. In an elaborate sequence of events, Lyle finds himself back with the Primms on East 88th Street, a neighborhood hero, and, startlingly, even a friend of the mistrustful cat Loretta.

Rating: 5 *****

How anyone could not like Lyle is beyond me. This is a good book to teach that you can’t please everyone and just be the best person you can be.

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The Story of Little Babaji

By Helen Bannerman

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The Story of Little Babaji

So he put on all his Fine Clothes, and went out for a walk in the Jungle. And by and by he met a Tiger. And the Tiger said to him, “Little Babaji, I’m going to eat you up!” And Little Babaji said, “Oh! Please Mr. Tiger, don’t eat me up, and I’ll give you my beautiful little Red Coat.”So goes this classic tale of a boy who outwits the proud tigers in the jungle, a story of courage and pancakes.

Rating: *****

You may remember this story as Little Black Sambo. It’s the same story without the controversial drawings and names. The story does an amazing job at showing kids how to be cleaver when dealing with bullies. In this case tigers. Your preschooler will love the repetition with each tiger visit. Oddly, I remember it differently as a child though. For some reason I only remember one tiger and them sharing pancakes.

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Bootsie Barker Bites

By Barbara Bottner

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Don’t let that frilly pink dress fool you. Bootsie Barker is one tough cookie, and she makes life miserable for another little girl whose mother said she has to learn to get along with all kinds of people.

Rating: *****

Whether your child has a problem with a bully or not this is a wonderful book that shows how one child stands up to the bully and wins through creativity and wit. It’s another great book to open up discussions with your preschooler.

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