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Bullying and Me: Schoolyard Stories Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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I think "Bullying and Me: Schoolyard Stories" would be useful in a group discussion which addresses what kids can do to create awareness around the bullying issue. It's a good starting point and worth the read as it gets kids to look at many situations from many views. It's valuable and thought provoking.
There's just not much in the way of new, fresh information to be found here.
Created with children ages 9 to 14 in mind, this book offers thirteen stories from tweens and teens who are, have, or have been bullied. Following each short story (each average only 1 or 2 pages), Dr. Dorothy Espelage offers a short piece of advice based on the preceeding scenario.
Adhering to the standards found in this book, I think bullying has been given too broad of a definition. I don't wish to downplay this very serious matter, but I believe there is a difference between being bullied and being annoyed.
For example, a kid named Donovan tells a story about another kid who tripped people in the hallways and threw people around the rooms. That's bullying. But then it's followed up with a story from a young teen boy named Doug about a school trip where they stayed over night and he was rooming with three other boys.. After watching a scary show on television, one of the boys got scared. When the other two figured out he was afraid, they started making eerie noises and pretended to be demon possessed. I don't know about this kids, but where I come from that's called pranks.
Then you've got the Dr. Dorothy quips at the end of each story. "Ignore the bullies" and "Find one or two real friends." Are you friggin' kidding me?
And don't even get me started on the one girl who tells the story about living in a gang-infested neighborhood.Read more ›
That's about all, though, this book has going for it. The item description states the book is geared towards grades 3-8. As a former K-12 educator of students with special needs, that's a rather wide range. The book is too difficult for third graders to read, and it's too childlike for an eighth grader. Additionally, eight graders might find the preachy "tips" for dealing with bullying silly and unrealistic. I wonder if the author of this book had ever been bullied as a child. Kids, especially in middle- and high-school, can be rather vicious and judgmental. Advice like "Try to ignore the bullies and keep them from having power over you," the overuse of the term "grownup", and the plethora of self-affirming statements turned me off. The use of the word "whore" by one of the students in the book is reason enough to send many people (those in groups that like to censor) into an uproar.
I _was_ bullied some as a kid and dealt with it often as an educator. I know how important the issue of bullying is -- especially with the visibility given in the national media -- but I'm also realistic.
Using this book in the classroom (I can't see any child checking it out of the library), while probably the intent of the author, will make very little difference if the issue of bullying is not addressed appropriately from the "top down" at a school. The administration, faculty, staff and parents have to be "on board" and be willing to deal with the issue.Read more ›
The book, which is supposedly aimed at children ages 9 to 14 (grades 3 through 8), is annoying noncommittal when it comes to offering solutions. The first tip is to "ignore the bully" because "sooner or later they MAY get bored and leave you alone" [emphasis mine]. That's all well and good ... except that in the book's first-hand personal accounts, a couple of kids have already said that they solved their problems by confronting their bullies and talking to them. The other five "tips" are equally vague, or counter-intuitive, or contradictory to the preceding stories. If I had a child who was being bullied and seeking information, this is not a book I would want them to turn to; it's my experience that children need clear and solid information when they're feeling threatened, and that is not offered within these pages.
If the book has any value, it's the photographs of the storytellers by Steven Vote, which allow the reader to have individual faces with which to identify. I suspect the stories themselves have been re-written or re-edited since they all seem to be written in the same style - short, choppy sentences that often begin with conjunctions, and which seem leached of personality. Regrettably, I cannot in all good conscience recommend this volume to you or your family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm really shocked that people say this isn't a good book. I teach 8th grade health and I read this during my bullying and social health unit. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tina Homolik
I couldn't get through this book. It is not interesting enough to keep your attention. There are better books written on this subject matter.Published on April 5, 2013 by K. Anderson
Bullying and Me: Schoolyard Stories by Ousie Shapiro opens with a letter to the reader that addresses bullying broadly and sends the message to anyone who has ever been bullied... Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by Socratic Parent
With so much bullying going on in our society these days, I felt this book was going to be useful in my household for our 3 school-aged children. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Fabulous
This book highlights the importance of listening to young people. Some of the other reviewers complain that this book does not contain enough good tips about how adults can stop... Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Jyotsna Sreenivasan
I have some reservation in terms of having this used in a classroom, because not all of the stories are optimistic. Read morePublished on March 12, 2011 by Snail Dealer
I got this for my 4th grade son - he read it all as soon as I took it out of the box. With new anti-bullying legislation that districts need to comply with, many schools and... Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by banana wind
This is a wonderful little resource book of case stories about school bulllying. In each story, a psychologist gives her advice. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Andrea
Bulling is an important topic. There are a number of very good books on the topic. This book is a well written, albeit dry, discussion about bullying. The photos are excellent. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Robert W. Smith