“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Cuyler, Margery, and Arthur Howard. Bullies Never Win. New York: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2009.
Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction
Reading Level: AD450L
Summary: This is a story about Jessica, a little girl who worries about everything, especially a fellow classmate named Brenda. Brenda is the class bully and makes fun of Jessica whenever she gets the chance. Jessica begins to worry more and more about Brenda’s bullying, and she tries to ignore Brenda’s insults. Jessica starts losing sleep and finally gets up the nerve to stand up to Brenda, and tells her that “bullies never win!” which embarrasses Brenda. Jessica feels proud that she learned how to stand up to the class bully.
Rationale for Classroom Use: Use book to have class discussion about bullying and being a good friend. Students will form groups and create a class rule. The rules will be compiled into one large class list. Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.