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Trouble Talk Hardcover – May 1, 2008
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"Given the prevalence of these behaviors, young readers will readily identify with Maya's dilemma and appreciate the straightforward text. Colorful and expressive mixed-media art depicts a refreshing and realistic multicultural schoolyard. This picture book would be well used by school counselors or social workers to interface with a child who's exhibiting or harmed by "trouble talk." -- School Library Journal, June, 2008
"Ludwig acknowledges the lure of connection and the pleasure of sharing information about each others but also exposes the harm that words can do." -- Kirkus Reviews, April 14, 2008
"While the message in Trouble Talk is clear to young children, the story is realistic and does not become didactic. A foreword by Charisse L. Nixon, director of research for the Ophelia Project, explains that girls are more vulnerable to this destructive way of connecting to their peers. The author concludes with a brief note on relational aggression, ways to engage children in healthier friendships and empower bystanders of trouble talk, questions for discussion, a list of related organizations and Web sites, and a bibliography. As she notes that researchers are discovering that trouble talk is on the rise and equally or even more harmful than physical bullying, this picture book will prove to be a valuable resource for children, educators, and parents alike." -- ForeWord, May, 2008
Trudy Ludwig, author of Trouble Talk, is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards, 2009
Top Customer Reviews
My only issue with the book is that it has a nice tidy ending, like several of Ludwig's stories. It might be helpful to have a conversation with kids about this--how realistic is this ending? How might things happen at your school in this situation?
Stan Davis, Author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs, and Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good for navigating the dicey waters of friendship with kids who are more interested in stirring up trouble.Published 8 months ago by review98
Great for school counselors & others who work with children.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for school counselors to talk about rumors and gossip.Published 9 months ago by Adrian Paschal
This book is good and is similar to Trudy's Confessions of a Former Bully. It is not a simple read like Confessions, but the content is still good.Published 12 months ago by Diana
This book, along with all of Trudy Ludwig's books, is a must for classroom teachers who hope to teach children to be good, empathetic citizens.Published 13 months ago by Tami
Good for elementary aged girls and dealing with friendship issues.Published 16 months ago by Cindi B