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Book Title: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are|
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The author of the book: Maria Dismondy
Edition: Cardinal Rule Press
Date of issue: August 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781933916309
Format files: PDF
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This is a touching story about a girl called Lucy who lived with her grandfather, Papa Gino. Papa Gino encouraged Lucy to be different and told her that everyone does not have to like the same things. He reminded her that 'Even if we are different from others on the outside, we all have a heart with feelings on the inside' and asked her to always treat others with love and kindness.
While Lucy is at school, one of her classmates, Ralph made fun of her hair and called her a poodle. He continued to pick on her at lunchtime when he made fun of her food by shouting 'Yuck. That's the disgusting smell. Who ever heard of eating spaghetti in a hot dog bun?' This upset Lucy and she began to cry.
Lucy thought about her day on the way home and wondered if Ralph was being mean to her because he thought that being different was a bad thing and she wished that he would stop teasing her. Lucy found it hard to sleep that night as she worried about Ralph and how he would treat her the next day at school.
The next day, Ralph continued to be mean to Lucy and made fun of her in front of the whole class. She played alone at break time and didn't want to tell the teacher about anything as she was afraid of being called a tattletale. At playtime, Ralph got stuck at the top of the monkey bars and all the children laughed. Lucy was very angry with him and decided that she would tell him how mean she thought he was.
At this point, she saw that Ralph had tears in his eyes and was scared and she suddenly remembered Papa Gino's words about being kind to others. She decided to help Ralph down from the monkey bars. On the bus ride home, Ralph drew Lucy a nice picture to thank her for helping him. When she got home, She told Papa Gino all about what had happened and he was so proud of her for listening to what he had told her about treating others the way you want to be treated.
This book is aimed at children aged 5+. It is a great story to use to discuss bullying. The book also teaches several lessons for children - being different is okay, treating others the way you would like to be treated and how to deal with being bullied. It teaches children to respect each other's differences. I think that this would be a good book to read aloud to a key stage 1 class to encourage positive behaviour and also to have on a classroom shelf for independent reading.
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Read information about the authorMaria Dismondy is an award-winning children's book author. To find out more about her books and her school/event programs, visit www.mariadismondy.com
From the author...
Born and Raised: In a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, I grew up with red shag carpet, The Smurfs and Cabbage Patch Dolls. In my past time, I played flashlight tag with the neighborhood kids and listened to NKOTB aka The New Kids on The Block.
Family: I am lucky to have a large family. I have an older sister, Angela, who also ate spaghetti in a hot dog bun (among other crazy concoctions my mom created for us) growing up. I am married to the coolest guy ever and together, we are raising our baby girl Ruby.
Education: There’s a ton of rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State (are you a maize and blue or green and white fan?) I have to admit, I started going to U of M then happily switched over to Michigan State. I went to college for six years, earning my undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, curriculum and research.
Hobbies and Interests: If there’s something I want to try, I don’t hold back! I have more hobbies than I have hours in the day. My latest and greatest is learning to photography. I wake up each morning, eager to live a full and exciting life, while inspiring and giving back to those around me.
Likes: Salt and vinegar chips, french fries, barbeque sauce, reading, coffee, photography, music (playing the piano), free time, scrapbooking, sunshine, the lake, my family, and my mac book.
Dislikes: angry people, cloudy days, cold french fries, complaints, Folgers coffee, a messy house, a full laundry basket and Open Pit BBQ sauce.
Favorite book as a child: Frances Books by Russell Hoban and Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.
Favorite book as an adult: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (I’m a fan for the love stories).