Not for me 😔

Deby Lyn must decide how to handle the situation when a boy in her class is treating her unkindly.

Synopsis

Deby Lyn knows it’s almost time for the Spelling Bee! However, she is sad when the teacher pairs her up with Kyle – who is always mean to her. Deby Lyn learns that we all need to express ourselves in healthy ways.

How would you react if a classmate was constantly teasing and invading your personal space? Deby Lyn is fed up with Kyle's unkind behavior towards her and she doesn't understand why she is the target. She speaks with a friend who recommends that she talk to an adult. Once Deby Lyn opens up and shares her concerns with Nurse Sanjay, she finds the courage to speak up to tell Kyle how his actions make her feel unsafe and uncomfortable. This book teaches children that sharing your feelings and getting advice from close friends and adults is a great strategy for conflict resolution.


This book tackles the very important issue of bullying but story lacks depth. I also didn't like that the the unkind behavior was explained as a result of the little boy "liking her". This puts more of the the responsibility to problem solve on Deby Lyn and somewhat absolves the Kyle of taking full responsibility for his role in the conflict. The problem was solved in a simplistic way and didn't feel realistic. I do like the idea of the story about the importance of communicating your feelings, self advocacy and talking openly with others about how their actions can make you feel. A great story in concept but room for improvement.

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I am a mom to a toddler, a learning specialist at a small progressive school, a born and raised Brooklynite and a lover of travel and discovering new things. I consider myself an open minded, life long learner.

Synopsis

Deby Lyn knows it’s almost time for the Spelling Bee! However, she is sad when the teacher pairs her up with Kyle – who is always mean to her. Deby Lyn learns that we all need to express ourselves in healthy ways.

One morning, Deby Lyn is studying at her desk. Her

teacher asks Deby Lyn to sit next to Kyle and study for the

Spelling Bee.

However, Deby Lyn does not want to work with Kyle. He is

always picking on her.

Kyle walks over to Deby Lyn’s desk and kicks her chair.

“Hey, stop it!” she says.

Kyle folds his arms and walks away.

About the author

Beverly Gooden is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Beverly earned a Master of Arts in Social Justice & Community Development from Loyola University Chicago. For more information, visit www.BeverlyGooden.com. view profile

Published on March 01, 2019

0-1000 words

Genre: Children's picture books

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