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Grade 2–4—When Bailey comes to Hoover Elementary, Maya is picked to be her Welcome Buddy. At first, Maya likes having a new, lively friend, but at a sleepover, Bailey is cruel to another girl. Later, she overhears a conversation on the playground and broadcasts confidential information. Finally, after listening to Maya's parents fight, she spreads the rumor that they're getting a divorce, causing Maya to seek the school counselor's help. Ms. Bloom defines Bailey's actions as "trouble talk…. Spreading rumors, saying hurtful things, and sharing information that isn't hers to share are examples of the kind of talk that leads to nothing but trouble." She gives Maya tips on how to not get involved and to choose instead "kids who make you feel safe." As the story ends, Bailey works to remedy her conduct. 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. A foreword, geared toward adults, gives insight into this type of bullying, discussing the need to connect with others in constructive rather than destructive ways. Appended are an author's note with further tips for addressing the problem, discussion questions, and additional resources. 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."—Martha Topol, Traverse Heights Elementary School, MI
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"Trudy Ludwig, acclaimed author of My Secret Bully and Just Kidding, hits the mark again with Trouble Talk. Her picture books about coping in the social world are deeply rooted in real life for children today." --Committee for Children

"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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 0550 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best books for children I've ever read. Trouble Talk tackles, so well, so completely, the REAL social problems that kids have to deal with - the rumors, the difficult friendships, difficult relationships, forgiveness, lies, trust...and the story is told so realistically. I could clearly hear all of the characters' voices in my head! This book would be perfect for a teacher to read to her students. I think it would spark such wonderful discussions about the above listed topics. Kids can learn so much from this book, and from each other, if only we talk about these subjects as Trudy Ludwig so beautifully did.
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There are so few books about the complicated layers of childhood friendships. As a school social worker, this is one of the first I've seen that addresses relational aggression in a very real way. I'd recommend this book for 2nd-5th graders (especially girls), perhaps reading to a halfway point and then stopping to ask questions of the class. What would you do if you were this character? How do you think this one feels? There are also some very helpful tips for discussion at the end of the book.
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?
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Smart book about how words can hurt a friendship--and how friendships can heal. Trudy Ludwig has made a difficult topic accessible to young readers. I recommend it highly.
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Another great book by Trudy Ludwig! This is an excellent book for early elementary students. It would make a wonderful gift for the classroom. Teaching children early skills in conflict resolution is the way to a more peaceful adolescence, this books aids in the effort. A must have!
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By SarahA222 on September 9, 2015
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I think this is a great book to explain what kind of behavior is not OK. Got it for my 6 yr old daughter BC she has a friend at school who causes drama and i think she was getting caught in it. She related it to her friends at school. It's great.
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got it for my early elementary school girls - it isn't subtle but it also gave us lots of things to talk about and they continue to bring it out to read. It also gave me some key phrases I could use when they were randomly talking about interactions at school.
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Trouble Talk, Trudy Ludwig's latest book, combines appealing characters, helpful adults, and great illustrations by Mikela Prevost to take on the important topic of rumors and gossip. Elementary school students, their parents, and their teachers will learn from this book- and enjoy themselves in the process.
Stan Davis, Author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs, and Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention.
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As a school counselor, I need more books like this!! Gossiping and relational aggression becomes even more prominent throughout the upper elementary school years. I felt like I hit the girl bully book lottery when I found this Trudy Ludwig gem. I love that Trudy uses phrases like 'trouble talk' and 'friendship-tug-of-war.' I have explored those phrases with students and there is serious meaning behind them. Spend time discussing the consequences of the behavior displayed during the story. The girl who causes all of the 'trouble talk' has to deal with those consequences, possibly not having any friends. I can tell the students relate to what's going on in the book and it empowers them to avoid Trouble Talk behavior. Get it on your shelf immediately!
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