Monday, November 10, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 205


Picture Book: Say Something

Author: Peggy Moss

Illustrator: Lea Lyon

Summary: This elementary-aged female protagonist witnesses bullying, but she never intervenes. When she is bullied, she realizes how desperately she wishes one of her friends, many of whom were there to witness it, would intervene. When she tells her brother how mad she is at her friends, he says, “Why? They didn’t do anything.” She sees herself in his response. The next day she befriends one of the bully victims.

Hanna’s Comments: An African proverb begins this book: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in the room with a mosquito.” Resources at the end of the book will encourage conversation with children and offer more information. Since its publication, this book has inspired “Say Something Weeks” in schools all over the world. The tenth anniversary edition has an author’s note. Anti-bullying Week is November 16-22, 2014.  You can check it out at: http://www.bullyingawarenessweek.org/ . For the next several days, I will be offering books on bullying. For an explanation, see my comments on Day 196.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Tillbury House, 2004

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 5 and up, K and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abuse/abuse of power, action, belonging, betrayal, bravery/courage, bullying/martyrs/persecution/oppression, challenges, conflict, discord, education/learning/school, emotions/feelings, exclusion/inclusion, friends/friendship, injustice, power, relationships, resisting evil, victims

Scripture Connections: Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression (Isaiah 1:17); as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me (Matthew 25:40)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to school age children in your faith family when doing a lesson on seeking justice for others.