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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Gr Pub (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966853016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966853018
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-Simon experiences a "bad hair day" after his sister cuts out portions of his hair to remove some chewing gum. When his friends tease him, the boy rushes home in tears. He finds consolation when his Grandmother Rose tells him "a fish story" that illustrates the pitfalls of providing an easy target for teasing by "biting the hook." Simon's self-esteem returns, and he rejoins his friends and withstands their comments by following his grandmother's sage advice. Burnett concludes with useful information for adults about teasing and instructions for using the book. The "sticks and stones" theme is patently obvious, and is presented in a didactic and patronizing manner that glosses over the real emotional turmoil children experience. The grandmother's wisdom and Simon's transparent gullibility also contribute to the condescension. The full-color illustrations are of average quality. Notwithstanding the positive theme of the book, the story is too contrived to make it plausible for bibliotherapy.
Paul Kelsey, East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library, LA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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All children experience the taunts and teasings of other children. Karen Burnett is an elementary school counselor with more than 20 years experience and has written a wonderful picturebook story (charmingly illustrated by Laurie Barrows) that offers an intriguing, entertaining, and proven technique that kids can employ when feeling hurt or confused as a result of teasing by friends, peers or siblings. Simon's Hook: A Story About Teases and Put-Downs helps children to recognize they have choices and through the use of a fishing analogy, Burnett shows them how to "swim free" of feeling helpless, trapped, stuck, or powerless and able only to hit back or run away. Simon's Hook is recommended reading for boys and girls ages 6 and up, and a "must" for all school and public library collections. -- Midwest Book Review, October 1999

Simon's Hook has been selected to receive The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval. -- The National Parenting Center November 1999

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I highly recommend this book for kids (big and small).
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Simon's Hook is a fantastic tool to help teach us skills for dealing with verbal bullying.
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I use this book every year to start out the school year.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Simon's Hook - A Story About Teases and Put-Downs is a great book for any child. BUT it is also a teaching tool with a highly original story and wonderful images. Children learn several ways to deal with teasing - from ignoring the teaser to changing the subject to avoiding situations, etc. (We don't want to give away the whole story). And the story is so good that children will pick it up again-and-again just to read - yet we know they are learning how to cope with teasing at the same time! Simon's Hook is a great addition to any family, school or library. From The Science Spiders Newsletter.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
When Simon is teased by his friends, Grandma rose compares teasing to fishing hooks and shows Simon how he doesn't have to get caught up in the mean game his friends are playing. Simon's Hook is an excellent way to teach children to be more resilient.
The cover (not yet shown today) has a red background and Simon is sitting on a hook under water as if it was a swing. Fish swim about and all the characters are fanciful and smiling.

The basic story includes a "bad hair day." When Simon's sister can't find her gum, she finds that it is in Simon's hair. Unfortunately she has to cut off a lot of his hair to get the gum out. This story will be very familiar to children. I remember this happening to me when I fell asleep while chewing gum.

Simon is doing quite well while wearing a hat, but when he falls and his hat falls off, all the children start to call him lawn mower head. As he runs home he accidentally runs into Grandma Rose. Simon tells her what happened and tells her about the teasing.

"But why do you bite? "
"Bite?" cried Simon.
"I didn't bite anyone!"

After going into her garage, Grandma Rose returns with a fishing line. A piece of paper is attached to the end of the hook and a cat is trying to bat at the paper. By waving the paper around for the cat, Grandma Rose shows how the cat bats at the paper. Then, she dangles the paper in front of Simon. Then Simon catches the paper too.

"You're not a free fish anymore."
"But what else can I do?"

Then over a glass of lemonade and a few cookies, Grandma Rose tells Simon a fish story. The next two pages are filled with fish thinking, saying things or biting at pieces of paper with put downs and teases written on them.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A teacher and a Mom on January 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book that empowers kids to deal with children who tease them. So often adults tell children to walk away...that is a difficult thing to do...especially for children who are learning so many life skills. "that's not fair they said that", "They are so mean". So often the kids want to tell on them to get them in trouble...to find justice in the "wrong" behavior. This focuses on what the child can control and not what they can't control.

This book has helped my daughter a lot! She is a child who gets her feelings hurt quite a bit. This has helped empower her and, overall, made many of the teasing children stop teasing her.

I highly recommend it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Culver on October 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I use this book every year to start out the school year. I teach fifth grade, but the kids need these skills so much by the time they get to fifth grade. I made a poster using the strategies presented in this book and post it in my room all year. I remind my kids frequently of what Simon says we need to do. It helps. GREAT BOOK!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
My five-year-old is having a bit of difficulty with two children at his daycare. I have purchased several adult books on how to help a child deal with bullies/teasing, but hadn't been successful in finding a good children's book. Then I found "Simon's Hook". Through funny pictures and dialogue, the book has given my son five sensible practical approaches on how to deal with difficult peers. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annie M. on January 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Simon's Hook is a fantastic tool to help teach us skills for dealing with verbal bullying. These are life long skills every person would benefit from having. We use it in an anti-bullying campaign designed for K-8. There are other books as well but this is the key to setting up the language the entire staff and student body will use and understand. It is used not only in our local public school system but in a number of private schools nearby. I was first introduced to the book through a special education program for children with social skills deficits such as Aspergers and higher functioning levels of autism who tend to be more gullible and clearly more tempting as targets. For these kids just knowing one or two ways to deflect the taunts and teasing has made a huge difference. Imagine the benefits gained by children (and adults) who have "normal" social skills awareness. While this is an excellent book in my opinion of giving a set of concrete skills to handle being bullied it falls short in the department of teaching how to not be a bully in the first place. It can be used for that purpose by asking when has the person been the one setting out the bait and how do they like being the one who gets hooked, etc.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful, and much needed, book. Most books about teasing and bullying are aimed at the bullies themselves, and if they address the victims at all it is to simply say "Just ignore it." But finally, thanks to Karen Gedig Burnett, there is this wonderful book that not only addresses the victims of teasing, but enpowers them by giving them real, concrete ways to respond to, and stop, teasing and put downs. This is a WONDERFUL book, that should be in every school library, every classroom, and in the home of every child who has been teased and wondered how to get the teasing to stop. Thank you Ms. Burnett. You have done a real service for the children who read this book, and for their parents.
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