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Trouble Talk (edition 2008)

by Trudy Ludwig, Mikela Prevost (Illustrator), Charisse L. Nixon (Foreword)

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Title:Trouble Talk
Authors:Trudy Ludwig
Other authors:Mikela Prevost (Illustrator), Charisse L. Nixon (Foreword)
Info:Tricycle Press (2008), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:bullying, emotions, friendship, gossip, interpersonal relationships, peer pressure, rumours, self-esteem, social skills, Circle Time, Who We Are

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This is a book about a girl who loves to talk. She talks about so many things, including so many people. At first, her friend thinks it is funny when she talks about people, however quickly realizes that it is actually hurtful to people. Maya realizes she doesn’t want to have a friend like Bailey, and soon she begins losing her friends. This is the fourth book by Trudy Ludwig that deals with bullying and relational aggression in children.

This book shows bullying in one of its most common forms, gossiping. Gossiping is very real, and many times students do not realize how harmful it is to their other classmates. This book shows students the effects of gossiping, and how it can cause them to lose friends. The book is great to use after you have introduced bullying to the class, as it focuses on a certain type of gossiping.

Reading Level: 4.1
Genre: Realistic Fiction
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
The overall designing of the book--including the dust jacket, front, and backboard covers, end pages,title and dedication pages are all very coordinated and appropriate for a child from 5-6. I found the choice of the font to be very appropriate as well. Some times too much font disengage a child from actually paying attention. ( )
  KaylanJ | Apr 3, 2015 |
REVIEW: Maya's friend Bailey loves to talk about everything and everyone. At first, Maya thinks Bailey is funny. But when Bailey's talk leads to harmful rumors and hurt feelings, Maya begins to think twice about their friendship.
SOURCE: Pierce College Library
AGE: 6-8
  KayteeSchroeder | Mar 7, 2013 |
Trouble Talk is about two girls - Maya and Bailey. At first, Maya really likes her new friend Bailey. She's funny and likes to chatter. But Bailey doesn't know where to stop - she can't keep secrets and she tells people things that should be secrets - or that aren't even true! With help from adults, Maya confronts Bailey and repairs her relationships with her old friends. There's no easy solution - Bailey is still a gossip, and her "friends" still feel hurt. But Bailey isn't demonized; Maya admits she wishes they were still friends and hopes someday Bailey will learn how to be a friend. ( )
  Scopuslrc | Nov 7, 2012 |
I don't normally read/review "issue" books. I just don't do the whole bibliotherapy thing. But I do think, sometimes, reading books about "issues" can help, if they are well-written. Trouble Talk is an excellent example of the type of materials I hope to include in our library's new "Tough Topics" collection - books that parents and children can read and discuss together. It's sometimes difficult to know where to start talking to a child about a problem, and this kind of book can help there.

Trouble Talk is about two girls - Maya and Bailey. At first, Maya really likes her new friend Bailey. She's funny and likes to chatter. But Bailey doesn't know where to stop - she can't keep secrets and she tells people things that should be secrets - or that aren't even true! With help from adults, Maya confronts Bailey and repairs her relationships with her old friends. There's no easy solution - Bailey is still a gossip, and her "friends" still feel hurt. But Bailey isn't demonized; Maya admits she wishes they were still friends and hopes someday Bailey will learn how to be a friend. The illustrations are realistic, especially in portraying the characters' faces, and add depth to the narrative.

There's an excellent introduction and afterword to explain the story, questions for discussion, and further resources. This is a good example of a story that teaches about difficult issues - gossip and bullying - without patronizing or over-generalizing.

Verdict: Recommended. It would be best in nonfiction or a special parenting type section, but could also go in picture books.

ISBN: 978-1582462400; Published May 2008 by Tricycle; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Oct 26, 2011 |
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Maya gets help from a school counselor when the new student she has tried to befriend upsets her, as she has other students, by spreading rumors, saying hurtful things, and sharing information that is not hers to share.

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