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Bystander Power: Now with Anti-Bullying Action (Laugh & Learn) Paperback – July 27, 2012

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“A tool for kids on how to change from a bystander to an ‘upstander’—someone who speaks up when he or she sees bullying. Cartoon characters explain different kinds of bullying and test readers’ knowledge. The book is colorful, easy to read, and gives a lot of helpful advice.”—Washington Post

“Bystander Power . . . [is] grounded in research, and influenced by an important study recently completed of nearly 7,000 children in 77 schools . . . There is a lot to talk about . . . in the sections on ‘How to Be an Upstander,’ and ‘Why You Need to Unite,’ having kids engage in discussions of obstacles to upstanding and uniting could be especially valuable.”—Maurice Elias, Edutopia blogger, and director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab at Rutgers University

About the Author

Phyllis Kaufman Goodstein, LMSW, is an anti-bullying advocate, social worker, writer, and magician. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband Arnie, sons Eric and Steven, and dogs Bandit and Chewy. Phyllis is the author of 200+ Ready-to-Use Reproducible Activity Sheets That Help Educators Take a Bite Out of Bullying.

Elizabeth Verdick is a children’s book writer and editor. She has authored and coauthored many books in the Laugh & Learn series (including Dude, That’s Rude!; See You Later, Procrastinator!; and How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger). She is also author of Words Are Not for Hurting, Germs Are Not for Sharing, and other books in the popular Best Behavior™ series, and Bye-Bye Time, Manners Time, and other titles in the acclaimed Toddler Tools™ board book series. Elizabeth lives near St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and their two children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Laugh & Learn
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Original edition (July 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575424118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575424118
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Kay on November 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a concise, well-researched, informative book with a fresh approach to the topic of bullying, "Bystander Power" is it! Phyllis Kaufman and Elizabeth Verdick have created text that captures the attention of both children and adults and presents strategies to inform and support children who witness bullying. This book empowers the bystander to take action in positive and safe ways. Adults and children can learn together how to identify the various roles played in a bullying scenario. This book arms the reader with information on what to do when confronted with a bullying situation, always with an emphasis on informing key adults in the child's life. Let's hope that the bullies get a copy of this book in hand! There is continuous encouragement that even though we all make mistakes, one can learn to see the folly of negative behavior as well and the hope and possibility of turning that around. This is a must-read for parents, teachers, curriculum coordinators,coaches and community leaders who work with children. Let's get this exceptional tool into the hands of all children. After all, what child today has not been witness to bullying? Kids will love the appealing illustrations that enhance the text. Bystanders do have power! Read this book and share the message!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Poduska on July 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Full of positive and useful information, this volume tackles the all-too-relevant subject of bullying and what kids can do about it. The approach is fun, the example are real, and the advice is valuable. Kids are given many mnemonics and other ways to remember information. The authors give a list of ten areas in which kids can take action, such as following the Golden Rule and getting involved. The illustrations also impart a lot of information. Kids are invited to spot bullying activities in a classroom scene. Even adults are given specific actions that they can do to lessen the bullying around them. Adults are given ten ways to join the upstander team.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irene J. Meyer on December 18, 2012
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this is a great book. it is simply written but has all the facts and information. i will be using it to work with both elementary and middle school students.
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