Written by: Suzanne Simson
Illustrated by: Izzy Bean
When one little girl decides to stand up for another who is being bullied on the bus magical things can happen. It Takes Just One is a rhyming picture book that is sweet, and to the point. If no one says anything the teasing and bullying will just continue and all the children will live in fear that they will be next. However, when all the children band together and stand as a group they can put an end to it and make sure they are all nice to one another and no one is treated unkindly.
Here are some questions to get your minds thinking, after you read this book as a family: (as always, adjust questions as needed for the age range in your household):
1. Have you ever been bullied? How did it make you feel?
2. How do you think Jan feels?
3. Why do you think Jack is being mean?
4. Why do you think it is hard for someone to say something?
5. What are some other ways you could help Jan?
6. What would you do to help?
7. What are some other reactions Jack could have had to being stood up to?
8. When is a good time to seek help from a trusted adult?
9. How can you be nice and include others?
The anti-bullying message is important to start at every age. This book is geared around children riding a bus, so it would probably be best suited for a young child who is just starting to ride the school bus. It is a good way to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and think about how the person being bullied must feel. It is also a good way to envision different ways to handle the situation and stand up for someone else. Hero’s come in all sizes. After reading and discussing as a family take this opportunity to do some role playing. Help your child stand up for themselves if they were Jan, and also help them stand up for Jan. It is important for them to know how to react in all situations.
You can purchase this wonderful book here: It Takes Just One
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