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Mud Boy: A Story About Bullying

Mud Boy: A Story About Bullying (Hardback, Illustrated edition)

By Siggs, Sarah
Illustrated by Crosby, Amy

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This illustrated story is designed to be read with children aged 5+ who have experienced or seen bullying or teasing. Sam's story gently evokes how it feels to be bullied and shows how talking to other people helps. It is a great discussion starter for kids and adults, and empowe... read full description below.

ISBN 9781785928703
Barcode 9781785928703
Published 15 July 2019 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Format Hardback, Illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9781785928703
ISBN-10 1785928708
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Imprint Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publication Date 15 July 2019
International Publication Date 18 July 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Illustrated edition
Edition Illustrated edition
Author(s) By Siggs, Sarah
Illustrated by Crosby, Amy
Category Personal Awareness: Safety Matters
Picture Storybooks
Violence In Society
Organization & Management Of Education
Primary / Junior Schools
Number of Pages 48
Dimensions Width: 215mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 300g
Interest Age 7-9 years
Reading Age 7-9 years
Library of Congress Bullying - Juvenile fiction, Bullying
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school;Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 999193

Description of this Book

The sound of Sam's life was like the best piece of music you have ever heard. Everyone liked Sam, and Sam liked himself. But then one day the mud words begin and they get inside his head - and Sam can't hear the music anymore. Mud Boy is an illustrated book for ages 5 and up, showing how children can go from being joyfully buoyant to totally deflated when being bullied and teased, and offering advice to get them back to their best. Mud, music and a family cat are used to conjure up the story to children in a very new and real way, showing that recovery happens through talking to others about our problems. The book also includes a guide for further talking points by Dr Pooky Knightsmith on how to discuss the topic, and the emotions that come up on reading the book, with children.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Mud Boy has been such a special project to be a part of - from the moment Sarah, the author, first described the concept I could see that this would be a hugely powerful story to help children feel less alone and to encourage them to seek the support of an adult they trust if they need help with bullying. -- Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Mental Health Advisor, Author, Speaker & Educator Mud Boy is an excellent story for children about bullying. It explains the process of bullying really well, particularly the experience of being a victim. I really like how Sarah Siggs has explained the feelings of being victimised and how she uses mud as a metaphor to explain how bullied children can feel stigmatised and become ostracised by their peers. Sarah provides a useful way of how victimised children can move from feeling helpless to feeling empowered, and also helping other bullied children. There are also excellent resources at the end of the book to support adults to discuss the important issues raised in the book, including what children can do about bullying, and how they can help others who are bullies. -- Elizabeth Nassem, Educational Researcher, Birmingham City University
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Sarah Siggs has a B.Ed Hons Degree in Primary and Special Education. She has previously been a SEN teacher working in pre-school, primary and secondary education, as well as family-based support. She currently lives in West Sussex. Amy Crosby is an author and illustrator who has provided illustrations for children and young adult books on a freelance basis. Illustrations cover a range of issues including segregation from peers, mental health difficulties and issues concerning self-image and self-worth. She currently lives in West Sussex.

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