At this school, there are some children who push and tease and bully. Sometimes they hurt other kids by just ignoring them.
The girl in this story sees it happening, but she would never do these mean things herself. Then one day something happens that shows her that being a silent bystander isn’t enough. Will she take some steps on her own to help another kid? Could it be as simple as sitting on the bus with the girl no one has befriended (and discovering that she has a great sense of humor)? Resources at the end of the book will help parents and children talk about teasing and bullying and find ways to stop it at school.One child at a time can help change a school.
Since its release in May 2004, this book has sparked Say Something weeks in schools from Maine to Shanghai. It has been turned into plays, distributed to hundreds of kids at conferences, read by principals on large screens, and rewritten by students in several schools (Do Something! is a favorite title). Most importantly, Say Something has helped start countless conversations among kids and adults about teasing.
We’re celebrating with this new edition, updated with a new cover and an author’s note.
Fountas & Pinnell Level O
About the Author
PEGGY MOSS (Toronto, Ontario) is a writer, educator, former hate-violence prosecutor, mother of two daughters who write their own rules, and author of the Tilbury House bestsellers Say Something and One of Us.
Lea Lyon is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, painting
teacher, and portrait artist who has made a
childhood dream come true. Lea
loved to draw and paint as a child, and she wanted to be a children’s book
illustrator. She ended up raising a
family, going back to school for an MBA, and working in the corporate world,
but she kept painting. Now, at long last, Lea is a children’s book illustrator
with five published picture books: Say
Something, Playing War, Keep Your Ear on the
Ball (all with Tilbury), The Miracle Jar and Operation Marriage. She lives in
tackles the ever-present issue of teasing by specifically talking about
what someone should say when they see someone else being teased. The
main character of the story sees teasing happening all around her, but
at first, she stays silent. When the tables are turned on her, she
quickly realizes that being an innocent bystander won't work any longer.
She uses the newfound empathy to comfort other targets of bullying and
prove the harmfulness of teasing and the power of friendship. The
illustrations from Lea Lyon do a wonderful job of depicting the emotions
of the characters and Moss even includes some discussion questions at
the end to make sure the lessons really hit home. — Kylie Hall - Teacher.org
Most appropriate for children in grades two through six but, this short,
sweet story offers a lesson for all ages -(National Education
Association) — NEA Today
Activating child bystanders...helpful in raising this issue for
discussion... compelling enough to be useful to discussions... all age
groups. — New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention
...excellent resource, written with clarity, sensitivity and directness. — Black Issues Magazine
Simple text...realistic watercolor drawings will pull readers into this
story...One person can make difference is the theme... — Kansas City Star