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Timmy the Fish [Kindle Edition]

Sean A. Kollman , Alicia C. Mattern
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Timmy the Fish is a full color children’s story about a small fish who is bullied at school by some of his older peers. With the help from his friends, he learns how to overcome these bullies without resorting to violence. At home or school, Timmy the Fish serves as an effective discussion tool when talking to children about bullying. The following are letters by students from a North Dakota 2nd grade class that read Timmy the Fish with their teacher:

“I learned not to be afraid of bullies. I also learned it’s ok to be afraid of bullies. I learned that you might be afraid of people that you see right away but might just come to be friends.” - Dalton

“I like the pictures very much. I learned that bullying is not nice. I learned that fish go to school. We learned that we should not push other people around because it is not nice.” - Sierra

“I learned not to be a bully. Not to be afraid. Timmy had a big friend, the friends name was Brutus. Brutus swam with Timmy and became friends.” - Lexee

“I learned that you should stand up for yourself. I also learned that some people might be nicer then people say. I really liked your pictures.” - Suria

Product Details

  • File Size: 3485 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093EAH2A
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great kids book!! September 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Super cute book. I have two boys age 5&4 and they were captivated. This is a great way to help children understand there are many different ways to fend off bullying. The writing and illustrations are great for kids of all ages and is easy for the young ones to understand. I would recommend this to all parents. Job well done :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great message August 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
My kids love the message in this book and the illustrations are great! We have had the book for several years but they keep going back to it. It has been used effectively in schools as part of anti-bullying campaigns. Really glad it's available now for Kindles but hope it will be available for Nook in the future because that's what our family uses!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet picture book about bullying June 14, 2013
What it's About:

Timmy is a little perch living in a lake filled with a variety of fish. When Timmy goes to school, he is pushed and shoved around by some bigger and older fish. Timmy feels very sad until he meets the legendary Brutus, a Largemouth Bass, who befriends the little perch and teaches him the secret to standing up to bullies. Timmy learns that bullies are really cowards and that if he just "swims like a shark" they would soon leave him alone. Brave little Timmy returns to school and soon encounters the bullies once again. Read the book to find out what happens when Timmy bravely stands up to his tormentors.

My Thoughts:

Little Timmy is an inspirational story about bullying, a common theme in schools in Canada, the U.S., and elsewhere. What I love about the story is that it describes what bullying can look like (e.g., pushing and shoving) and it also describes the effects of bullying. Here is an example from the text:

"Timmy would get so sad that he would trail along behind the rest of the school with the older, slower fish."

Importantly, the story contains the message that bullies are actually cowards and that (sometimes) it just takes the courage to stand up to the bullies to put an end to their bad behaviour. While this may be a bit simplistic, and in some cases, this may not have the desired effect, it is worth noting that the book is targeting young children. When children are younger, the responses to bullying behaviour look different than with older children when interventions by adults may sometimes be necessary. In that respect, this picture book about bullying is an appropriate resource for teaching young children about bullying and responding to bullies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Timmy the Fish - a Positive Anti-Bullying Message by Sean A. Kollman
Illustrated by Alicia C. Mattern

In these troubled days, it's a joy to see a picture book aimed at young children, particularly in the early grades, with an anti-bullying theme they can understand. Timmy the Fish, with its adorable illustrations, is just that book. Children can probably relate to this book easier than to one featuring other children. When Timmy is bullied by bigger fish he has feelings of fear and sadness, but this all changes when he meets the biggest and oldest fish and learns that he had been bullied, too. Their friendship solidifies as Brutus the Largemouth Bass tells how he was able to free himself of the bullies. With Brutus' kindness, Timmy is happy that he can rejoin his young friends in the school without fear. At the back of the book there are some helpful links about dealing with bullying. An unusual take on a serious problem, this illustrated short story stands on its own as entertainment and education.
Includes links to resources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timmy the fish April 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Very good book, Grandson loved it. Well writen, well illistrated.Gives a very good picture of what bullys can do and how to deal with it.
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