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PreSchool-Grade 3–On the first day of school, Lotty Raccoon encounters Grant Grizzly, the class bully, who taunts and teases her at every turn. Ignoring him does not work, nor do several other tactics she tries. Finally, she comes up with a solution: a Bully Blockers Club. She recruits other students who have been bullied by Grant. Whenever the little grizzly begins intimidating someone, a club member calls out, "Hey, what are you doing?" Thus they attract the attention of adults and other students to his behavior. After a class discussion on bullying, the teacher and students come up with rules that will help everyone feel safe and welcome. Although this story is purposeful, it is told with humor and drama. The illustrations are colorful and engaging, and the last page contains a discussion on bullying for adults. Rather than having a didactic approach, this is a kid-friendly tale that teachers might use as a springboard for discussion.–Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807509191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807509197
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This excellent book deals with the problem of school bullying in a realistic way that kids will relate to.
M. Allen Greenbaum
It gives some good tips about what a person should do if they are being bullied (i.e. ignore the bully, tell them to stop, tell an adult).
David R. Faupel
These books were purchased for Christmas for our granddaughter...she has read all of them and loved each one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This excellent book deals with the problem of school bullying in a realistic way that kids will relate to. When Lotty the raccoon goes to the first day of school--all happy and hopeful--she soon encounters Grant Grizzly (that name was my best clue about what kind of animal Grant is), a bully of the first degree. He insults her, calls her names, steals her things, and more! Lotty asks her older brother and sister for help. WHile the brother suggests retaliation, this idea is quickly rejected. Sister Lilly suggests telling the teacher, but Lotty has gotten it into her head that this is "tattling." Stll, her siblings suggest remedies that often work in kids' books:

1. Ignore Grant.

2. Try being friendly to him.

3. Make a joke out of it.

Thankfully, author Teresa Bateman shows that there's no magic solution to the problem of bullies--none of these methods works. When the parents get into the picture, Dad alerts Lotty's teacher to the problem, and this is a good first step. However, Lotty recognizes that Grants does the bulk of his teasing when adults are NOT around. So she devises a clever plan: She devises a self help "Bully Blockers Club," whose members look out for each other when bully Grant attacks. THey discover that there's strength in numbers, and that adults are quicker to be on the alert when kids work together to point out common problems: "Kids spoke up when they saw something wrong and reached out to anyone who looked lonely" "....The adults were watching too, at lunchtime and at recess and in the halls. After a while Grant didn't seem as big and scary. One morning he even helped Lotty when her backpack spilled." The teacher also changes attitudes towards "tattling," and takes the morning off from math (!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mom@Home on September 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This clever story struck a chord with my 5 year old son who unfortunately learned in preschool that not all kids, i.e bullies, play by the same rules. The author correctly observes that the usual ways for dealing with bullies (e.g. ignore them, walk away, tell them to stop, tell an adult) don't always work in real life. The suggestions in this book places the solution in children's hands and empowers them in resolving the problem. I especially liked the emphasis on friendship, working through conflicts with humor and supportive peer groups. The author's empathy, understanding and practical solution is wonderful & workable. The story also gives children the vocabulary to express their emotions when faced with a bully situation.

Since leaving preschool, my son has grown in confidence and is better prepared to deal with a bully situation. He still enjoys this wonderful book and reads it frequently because of the satisfying and joyful ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Vrieze on July 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lotty is being bullied. She is offered to beat him up, ignore him, or even let the principal know. She decides to start a club. The children stick together. When the bully is bullying someone, they all stand up to that bully together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David R. Faupel on October 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Lotty the raccoon was looking forward to a new school year, until she met Grant Grizzly. Grant was a bully and made life miserable for Lotty. She tried ignoring him. She told him to stop it. She even tried to make friends with him, but nothing worked. Finally, Lotty came up with a brilliant idea. She formed a club with some of the other students who were being bullied by Grant. When one of the club-members was being bullied, the other members stood up for them and got the attention of an adult. This solved the bullying problem.

I think this is a wonderful book for teaching students about bullying. It gives some good tips about what a person should do if they are being bullied (i.e. ignore the bully, tell them to stop, tell an adult). It also shows how bullying makes other people feel. I would highly recommend this book for students in grades K-2. Not only does it teach about bullying, but it is also a good book to teach about the literary elements of conflict, resolution, and theme. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and engaging as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on December 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the best read-aloud for a classroom to discuss how to deal with bullying. Points for discussion include the difference between an aggressive and an assertive response, conflict management techniques, and the factors that differentiate bullying from just general meanness (i.e. power difference, one-sided, persistent & pervasive, intent to harm). It even addresses the hard truth that even though adults want to help, children who bully can be very sneaky about flying under the radar. It validates children's concern about "tattling" and empowers bystanders to become defenders instead. If you are looking for something to use in a lesson for elementary, this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mardon on April 20, 2012
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My kids (3yrs, 8yrs, 9yrs) love this book so much they want to start a Bully Blockers Club at school. This really opens the lines of communication about bullying, what it looks like, how it feels to be bullied and be the bully. Children will gain something different from it at each age/stage that they are at. Helps to bring to light the empathy factor in your child. Great book for parents to take for Parent Reader days. This is an excellent tool to help with character builing in the classroom!!! BUY it for your child's teacher!
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