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Every child deserves the opportunity to have a successful early learning experience, which is the foundation for becoming a lifelong learner.  My work with the Early Learning Foundation is all about helping parents and schools be more effective building the skills and behaviors that help kids be successful.  


JBB is part of my effort to teach kids to stand up and speak up for themselves and others, build healthy classroom and school cultures, and make the world a better place!  Only by building safe and connected cultures will we get rid of the bullying behaviors that harm children.  Punishing bullies is not enough.  We must teach our children a better way.

About the Author

Bob Sornson, PhD, was a classroom teacher and school administrator for over thirty years and is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation. He is dedicated to helping schools and parents give every child an opportunity to achieve early learning success. His pre-K to grade 3 Early Learning Success Initiative has demonstrated that we can help many more children become successful learners for life.
 
Bob is the author of numerous articles, books, and audio recordings. Fanatically Formative, Successful Learning During the Crucial K-3 Years (Corwin, 2012), Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach (Love and Logic Press, 2005), and The Juice Box Bully (Ferne Press, 2010) are among his best-sellers. Bob is also the author of the Stand Up/ Speak Up Program (no-bystanders.com), teaching children to make the choices to stand up and speak up for themselves and others. To contact Bob or learn more about his publications and workshops, please visit earlylearningfoundation.com.


Maria Dismondy was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. She is the author of three award-winning children's books, including two bestsellers on amazon.

Maria's experiences have shaped her into an individual who lives life to the fullest, appreciating what she has and one who uses her passion to make a difference. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children through children's literature.

Maria is a dynamic speaker who in one month alone, spoke to almost 10,000 children at local elementary schools and other venues. She speaks on a number of empowering topics such as bullying, building character and reading and writing for young authors.

She continues to write books and blogs regularly. Find out more about Maria on her website at mariadismondy.com

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Ferne Press (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933916729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933916729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on November 19, 2010
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My review and perspective as an elementary school counselor:

Bystander. If you've ever used a bullying curriculum then you've seen that word. Over the years I've REALLY struggled finding a decent lesson plan or book to explain this term to kids and what it means in the world of bullying. Maybe you've had this problem too. Well, look no further! Juice Box Bully is an awesome new book and has already made quite a presence in classrooms.

It's always rewarding to look at the students and see how much they're relating to a story. Lots for them to soak up in this one. The language is not overdone, it makes concrete sense. The story is centered around a new student, Pete, who is using bullying behavior the first day of school. The other students observe this and intervene with kindness and assertiveness.

"And, I'm not a bystander," Ralph said. "I don't stand by and let mean things happen."

Nothing greater then reading a book with EMPOWERED kids in it. "The Promise" is what empowers them to do the right thing when it comes to bullying. It's a pledge to stand up to bad behavior. The first line is, "I WILL speak up instead of acting as a bystander." Love it. One student asked me, "Do we have "The Promise" at our school?" We definitely have a pledge but it's not specific to bullying. Inspired me as the school counselor to get on it!

I also pointed out how, Pete, the new kid was using bullying behavior his first few days of school but kids didn't turn him into an outcast or label him for life. They all took "The Promise" and were committed to helping him become a caring classmate. They didn't judge him, even in the midst of a conflict.

So the next time I use the word bystander in a real life situation with kids, they'll know what I mean and remember their own promise. And that's thanks to this fabulous book.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Sun Moon 3Stars on November 3, 2011
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I had high hopes for this book perhaps too high. As I stated it was "just okay." Great message but the delivery was less than realistic. They have got to come up with a book where all the children don't come around in the end. Then kids can start dealing with that reality openly. Otherwise they can't take our efforts to end bullying seriously. Very sweet book if you want the perfect scenario where the bully sees his ways and changes on the spot.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Brian Shell on January 16, 2012
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The premise of "The Promise" in "Juice Box Bully" reminds me a lot of "The Secret" in that if we express our desires to be better than before, the universe will respond. Similarly for kids, making "The Promise" means that we start to care more when we see something wrong... such as bullying. So often, passive inaction can be the beginnings of what I call "the ostrich syndrome" of ignoring wrong-doings by others. This book teaches kids an important lesson in being actively scrupulous... and it echoes the wisdom of Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Werden on July 31, 2011
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"The Juice Box Bully" adds a new dimension to my weekly lessons for 2nd and 3rd graders. Most character education programs I have observed/read about focus on establishing high expectations for student behavior and appropriate interventions by the teacher. Both of these are absolutely essential components, but "The Juice Box Bully" takes it one (very important) step further by illustrating that kids can acquire skills to solve their OWN problems.

There is a surprising twist to the story when one of the kids reminds the others that treating people fairly applies to the bully as well (what???), while he makes it clear to the bully that he also must adhere to the class promise. Too many times, I've seen just the opposite, that children who bully others are demonized by the other kids, something that actually feeds more negative behavior. This simple story illustrates to kids a fundamental truth, that stooping to the level of the wrong doer does not solve the problem.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Julie P on April 26, 2011
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This is a decent book about bullying. I like that it addresses the issue of being a "bystander" and stepping in and sticking up for people. However, the entire scenario of the classroom pact, etc., is a little far fetched and hard to explain when you are consoling a child that is being bullied. Not my favorite.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By counselor on December 26, 2012
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This book is ok. It's so hard to find a good bullying book that isn't cheesy. This one is maybe a bit better than most, but not a book that I love to read to my students.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JA on June 3, 2014
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This book is excellent.
As an educator and a mother I see the bullies bullied too many times.
This book teaches children that they can HELP the bully rather than labelling him thus continuing the cycle of abuse.
It has become very en vogue to "name call" with the word "bully". This is not okay. There are actually authors out there writing stories that mock the bully and leave the bully alone and angry. This is not the answer. The bully deserves our empathy. Children can work together to empower each other. They can stand up for each other, stop the behaviour, AND help the bully.
Bob Sornson gets it and now he is helping children, parents, and educators get it too. :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colleen D. Gallagher VINE VOICE on July 25, 2011
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I thought this was a wonderful book that would be a great read for the first week of school. It is a wonderful resource that encourages children to make good choices and be aware of others feelings. It promotes kind behavior as acceptable and unkind behavior as something that should not be accepted or rewarded by others - power in numbers. There are many books written that address bullies, but this book is different in that it also covers bystanders. It makes the reader understand that it's not alright to sit back and watch a bully. The concept of bystanders is often a difficult one for young children to grasp, but this book explains it nicely for elementary listeners or readers.

In The Juice Box Bully, the children of Mr. Peltzers class meet Pete, the new kid in school. Pete quickly acts the part of the bully. The class does not stand by and just let Pete bully. Instead the class has made a pact to stand together and stop bullying. Their willingness and courage to stand up for not only the kids being bullied but for the bully himself, makes their school what it should be, a safe place for all to learn and grow.

Teachers, check out "The Promise" at the end of the book. 8 Powerful statement you will want to share with your classroom. "The Promise" helps children be empowered to take a pledge to stand up to bad behavior. What a wonderful tool for your classroom. Read the book and discuss "The Promise" on the last page. Post "The Promise" in your classroom. Work together as a class the first week to write a "Promise" for your classroom as well. Become a classroom community that CARES!
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