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Just Kidding Hardcover – April 1, 2006
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Making a Difference in Kids' Lives, One Book at a Time(R)
Trudy is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that helps kids cope with and thrive in their social world. She has received rave reviews nationwide from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the US for her passion and compassion in addressing peer aggression and friendship issues.
An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy collaborates with leading US experts and organizations, including the Committee for Children, and has been featured in numerous national and regional media outlets. She has also served as content advisor for Sesame Street Workshop's "Good Birds Club" TV episode and as an expert panel member on Sesame Street's video series on bullying.
Trudy's books have received numerous awards and citations including NAPPA's Gold Medal for Books, Mom's Choice Gold Awards, Moonbeam Children's Books Gold Award, and are included in the Cooperative Children's Book Center's Best of the Year Selection, ADL's "Read4Respect" Program Book Selection, NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People Selection, the National Crime Prevention Council's Circle of Respect Book Club Selection, the Junior Library Guild Selection, and the School Library Journal Best Picture Books Selection.
"Because the social world of today's children is very complex and difficult to navigate, I try to include in my stories the wisdom and insights of young readers so that my books resonate with the authenticity of their life experiences and views," she says. "I also have the added pleasure of tapping into my own inner child--letting her laugh, cry, and simply breathe."
For more information about Trudy, her books, school visits, conference keynotes, and workshop presentations, please visit www.trudyludwig.com.
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D.J., a tween (8-12 years) faces his nemesis Vince, who hounds, heckles and harasses him. Whenever D.J. complains that Vince is verbally drawing blood, the latter gives him the stock comment of he's just kidding and can't D.J. take a joke. I have known adults do this to children and believe me, that does NOT engender good feelings nor teach humor. When adults do this to children, it makes children feel like they have no recourse and that "sense of humor" means endure somebody having fun at their expense. It teaches deceit, e.g. going along and pretending to find it funny; avoiding dressing downs and questioning the existence of their OWN senses of humor when all the while resentment and erosion of esteem is building.
However, peer teasing escalates to physical violence as is shown in this story. Vince steps up his verbal abuse of D.J. and humiliates him in front of their teammates. That is bad enough, but when he starts hitting D.J. on the bus, D.J. knows he has to take his concerns to someone who can help.
D.J.'s dad gives him bad advice when he says D.J. can't fight back verbally or physically to Vince. We all know that ignoring bullies often steps up their harassment campaign. Luckily, the boy's father takes D.J.'s concerns to his teacher, who wisely includes the school counselor.Read more ›
How does a child handle teasing when the laughter stops and hurt feelings begin? This is exactly what D.J. must face when his friend Vince takes teasing too far. First it begins with Vince calling D.J. a loser, but then escalates the teasing by making fun of D.J. in front of their soccer teammates. The final straw comeswhen Vince moves from verbal taunting to physical harassment on the school bus. Feeling angry and frustrated, D.J. turns to his dad for help.
With coaching from his dad and brother, D.J. learns to diffuse Vince's attacks with humor and non-rebuttal. His dad reminds him that, "You can't say or do anything mean back to the teaser." But when those skills don't work, D.J.'s dad addresses the problem with his teacher, which ultimately causes Vince to meet with the school counselor in order to address the problem of bullying his classmates.
As a mother I've seen and heard the taunts that children use against one another. Too many times I've heard parents tell their crying child to "deal with it" or to "just ignore whoever is bothering you", but that advice doesn't lend itself to resolving the issue at hand. In fact, more times than not, children who tease, only increase their taunts when they're ignored.
As parents and educators, it is important that we listen to the children in our lives and step in to protect them when others are abusive and purposefully hurtful. There is never an excuse for bullying and our children should not be taught to ignore or tolerate this behavior from others.
If you want an excellent book that addresses this sticky topic, I highly recommend Just Kidding.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great books. My elementary school aged kids had some friends that were similar to characters in the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BethW
This is not the loveliest story-it's kind of corny and there's no subtlety to it-but a great help when the issue of mean teasing presents itself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kerstin
Great book for the children who like to play the "just kidding" card, and the kids who are looking for support in dealing with those children.Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Kelly
As a school social worker, I found this to be an excellent book for teaching about bullying. Love the artwork as well.Published 12 months ago by FMG
Excellent addition for guidance office or classrooms. Thought-provoking for grades 3-6.Published 15 months ago by Donna
Second graders were captivated...no one moved, no one asked to go to the bathroom or to the nurse... Realistic portrayal of bullying.Published 15 months ago by Harvey
The message found in this kids book is an important one. I bought it for my boy, knowing he was too young. I've stored it to read to him one day... Read morePublished 15 months ago by CuriousMom