Lisa Roth, M.D. & Karen Siris, Ed.D, authors
Marsha Levitin, illustrations
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Fiction, August 2012
Suitable for: 6 and up
Themes: Bullying, Standing Up, Friendship, Relational Aggression
Opening/Synopsis: “When I wake up in the morning, I like to think about what fun I am going to have that day. Today I am happy because one of my friend is coming over after school to play.” The narrator in this book is lucky to have friends who like and support him at school. He realizes that this isn’t true for all the kids, especially Jamie, who wants to play kick ball during recess. She is teased and called mean names by Alex and other kids. The narrator observes how Alex knocks Jamie’s sandwich on the floor and stamps on it and shoves her into the locker in the hallway. He realizes that things need to change, even if he’s afraid of Alex. He notices the kids at school who are kind, helpful and work together. He comes up with a plan to stop bullying at the school and writes a note to his caring classmates: “Meet me on the monkey bars during recess to be part of a secret mission. See you then.” The Caring Majority is born and there is power in their numbers to “stand up” for themselves and their classmates.
Why I like this book: Lisa Roth, M.D. and Karen Siris, Ed.D. have written a powerful book about kids solving their own problems in a positive way without asking adults to intervene. This compelling story gives parents and teachers the opportunity to discuss positive ways of preventing bullying at school. The artwork is unique and done in muted pastels. Each page is a picture of feet, which is very symbolic in the story and to the bully’s reaction. Very creative idea.
Resources: The authors have provided a back page with a Teacher’s Guide and Discussion Questions. There is information about starting a Caring Majority in your school. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may visit Lisa Roth, M.D. at her website, The Magical Journey. Karen Siris, Ed.D, is a principal and professor dedicated to preventing bullying in her school district. She is recognized for the work she has done creating a caring majority of “upstanding students in her Long Island school.
This book has been provided to me free of charge by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review of the work.