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Just Kidding

by Trudy Ludwig
Illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Published by Tricycle Press, 2005
32 pages
ISBN: 9781582461632

Ages 5-8

D.J. is sick and tired of his classmate Vince teasing him. But every time he gets mad, Vince brushes him off. ďI was just kidding!Ē he tells D.J., as if that makes his hurtful comments alright. Itís not alright, and itís certainly not funny, but D.J. isnít sure how to handle Vinceís verbal bullying. With the help of his dad and a school counselor, a frustrated, angry D.J. gets some advice on how to respond in Trudy Ludwigís pointed story that will resonate for many children, whether they identify with D.J., Vince, or both. Questions to spark discussion are provided.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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