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What If Everybody Did That? [Kindle Edition]

Ellen Javernick , Colleen M. Madden
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal ... right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules ... and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Then the world would be a mess. But what if everybody obeyed the rules so that the world would become a better place? Using humorous illustrations rendered in mixed media, these questions are answered in a child-friendly way and show the consequences of thoughtless behavior.

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—An unnamed boy is forced to consider the consequences of his actions in this cautionary tale about making responsible choices. The narrator commits a series of seemingly minor offenses, such as feeding popcorn to the bears in the zoo, throwing an empty soda can out the car window, sneaking a lick of frosting from a wedding cake, and interrupting the librarian during storytime. Each time, an angry adult admonishes him by asking, "What if everybody did that?" causing him to envision the possible outcomes: sick animals, garbage strewn along the highway, a ruined cake, and chaos at the library. Each spread depicts a different episode. The art on the verso shows the boy committing a thoughtless act, and the recto pictures show what could happen if everyone broke the rules. Madden's experience as a greeting-card illustrator is evident in the variety of expressions shown on the faces of the multicultural cast in the colorful mixed-media drawings. This title could be a useful purchase for libraries looking to add to their collections of character-building books.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Author Ellen Javernick lives in Loveland, Colorado.

Illustrator Colleen M. Madden lives in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 2, 2013
By Noelle
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I read this with my third graders on my iPad projecting it with a document camera.. I left the print small so they had to study the pictures and think about what the problem was on each page by looking at what happened on the left side and what would happen if everyone did it on the right side. Then I'd enlarge the print and have someone read the page. It was a great story structure and the students are working hard to create a shortened version of their own. They have had a great time with this book!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive Behavior! December 18, 2010
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This book is a great way to teach children the reason why we have so many rules (especially at school and in public places). It's not always because the behavior is dangerous or rude, it's because, "What if everybody did that?"
Great way to teach a simple concept that is sometimes very difficult for impulsive children to master.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for teaching Literacy-Based Social Skills February 17, 2013
By Heather
I recently used this book for more than one social skills lesson with elementary students. The book has an inappropriate situation described on the left page ending with the phrase, "What if everybody did that?" The right picture show why it would look like if everyone did it. It made for excellent discussions & inferences during the read aloud. Each student made a school-based, illustrated "what if everybody did that?" page for a class book. I loved it. The kids loved it.the regular education co-teacher loved it. Great resource!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Books That Heal Kids July 7, 2014
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This has been on my wish list for a looooong time. Decided it was time to buy it because I've had some PBIS ideas floating around in my head for back to school. This story is going to be part of our kick off for learning the school standards. What if Everybody Did That? is all about community and remembering we all play a part in keeping our school, neighborhoods, and homes safe and happy places. If we don't think of others our surroundings and daily routines can quickly become chaotic. There are fourteen examples showing cause and effect example of behavior.

"During story time I had something important to say. I just couldn't wait till the end of the story. The librarian put her finger to her lips and said, "What if everybody did that?" Then it shows a picture of kids erupting in chaos and chatter. The last example is a positive one. I was happy they ended on a good note and what a great way to start off your lesson and discussion. "When I came home I gave my mom a hug. What if everybody did that?"

If you need a new resource to introduce routines, procedures, and school standards this is such a great reinforcer!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome pictures! September 21, 2010
This book is a very clever way to get kids thinking about their actions!
The illustrations are really cute and incredibly detailed! The both kids enjoyed it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching for the Future!! November 5, 2012
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I find this book has married the art of writing for young readers (10 and younger) and how our actions impact our surroundings.

Best of all my boys (3 and 6) really enjoy reading this book over and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My son's new favorite book! June 11, 2014
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We have "had" to read this book every night for nearly 2 weeks now! My son loves it, it's straight forward and the pictures offer up a chance for us to discuss the repercussions of the young mans poor choices/actions. We use the phrase "what if everybody did that!" all the time time when we see things out and about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good lesson June 2, 2012
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I have a very active 7 yr old son whom I thought would benefit greatly from this book. He tends to be so excited to say his piece that he interrupts others and can be quite distracting in the class also. He read and loved this made him think twice about his actions. Infact, now when he is doing something inappropiate i just say "what if everybody did that?" and he immediately stops and thinks of his actions.
Con, too short :(
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I read this to my Kindergartners and they enjoyed it a great deal
I read this to my Kindergartners and they enjoyed it a great deal. They wanted to talk about everything that happened and we had some great discussions around the ideas. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Heidi Hargesheimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Had a great discussion following
Read to my students.Had a great discussion following.
Published 1 day ago by Marion N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good lessons, but they could have expanded on the positive things we all could do at the end
Or offered a positive counter balance for each thing.
Published 6 days ago by Craingang
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to say no
I have the old version and this one is more up to date. Perfect for reading at the beginning of the school year. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Wanda Dudley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very cute book!
Published 10 days ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition!
Published 12 days ago by Susan Thies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Satisfied with my purchase.
Published 14 days ago by Alma R. Peralta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good lesson for my child!
Published 20 days ago by S P Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be better but my five year old really likes it - just be...
I read this book and thought it was only okay. The premise is great, but I felt like it moved through the story too quickly without really going into enough depth about each... Read more
Published 25 days ago by KMajda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for students
Published 29 days ago by Patrice Hilton
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More About the Author

Ellen Javernick has taught 1-3 grade classes for over 20 years. Her B.A. is from DePauw University. Her M.A. in Early Childhood Education is from the University of Northern Colorado. She has completed classes with Barbara Wise and is Lindamood-Bell trained. In addition to being a teacher, Ellen has written more than 20 books for children. She currently teaches second grade in Loveland, CO.

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