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Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are (edition 2012)

by Maria Dismondy, Kimberly Shaw-Peterson (Illustrator)

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Title:Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are
Authors:Maria Dismondy
Other authors:Kimberly Shaw-Peterson (Illustrator)
Info:Maria Dismondy Inc. (2012), Edition: Reprint, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Lucy is different from the other kids and these differences are something that Ralph makes sure to point out to the other kids. They make fun of her hair and the food she eats. This makes her very sad and her papa is concerned for her. However, Lucy is the bigger person and help Ralph when he really needs it on the playground. She has the courage to be herself and make a good decision. Here decision is something that leaves her proud of the decisions she has made.
  kbuffum13 | Apr 7, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy for a couple of reasons. First, I thought the main character Lucy was extremely relatable and well developed. Lucy is known for her big curly hair and strange taste in food of which includes spaghetti in a hot dog bun, or ketchup on toast. These strange habits alienate her from her peers, and she becomes a victim of bullying. As a result of the teasing, Lucy becomes more introverted and unwilling to go to school. However, in the end Lucy decides to stand up for herself after being so frustrated with the bully Ralph. I think that the character growth Lucy displayed shows children that sometimes it’s necessary to defend yourself if you are being bullied. I also liked the illustrations because it enhanced the overall message of the story. For example, when Lucy was irritated with the bullying, the reader can clearly see her emotions; Lucy’s demeanor in the drawing was reserved, sad, and defeated. On the other hand, the other students were happy and chatty. This allows the reader to fully understand the negative affect bullying had on Lucy. Because this book is catered to children, I think that the underlying message of being accepting of differences is a very important concept to grasp. I liked this book because I believe that it accurately described bullying and the effects it has on people. It also pushes the reader to analyze their own behavior towards their peers, and how their own words can affect someone else. ( )
  ShakelaWilliams | Feb 8, 2015 |
teaches mutual understanding and confidence. Respect yourself enough to stand up to others, but still respect others in need.
  cadyVdean | Dec 8, 2014 |
Summary: This is the story about a young girl named Lucy who is struggling to fit in at school. Her Papa tries to teach her that even though everyone is different it is important to respect one another's preferences. At school Lucy is made fun of for her poofy hair and her sandwich at lunch by a boy named Ralph. Lucy asks Papa Gino how she should handle the situation with Ralph and he reminds her to treat everyone with kindness. The next day Ralph continued to make fun of her but Lucy stood up for herself. When Ralph gets stuck on the monkey bars Lucy decides to help him down rather than making fun of him. He then apologizes for making fun of her and the two become friends.

Review: I think that this book conveys an important message about mutual understanding and confidence. Many children experience teasing because they look or act differently than their peers. The relationship between Lucy and Papa is similar to what many children probably experience at home. This story can be easily related to many situations that a child may be experiencing in school. The lesson that this book teaches is,"Even if we are different from others on the outside, we all have a heart with feelings on the inside." I think that the author did an excellent job of creating a story that many children can relate to. The story is a relatively easy read that could be used for almost all elementary school students. ( )
  kkerns3 | Sep 2, 2014 |
This story touches on the harms of bullying in school and how difficult it can be to stay true to yourself. Papa Gino is the voice of truth from the beginning, telling Lucy to always be herself and that he will always be there for her if she's having a hard time. Even with these words of encouragement, Lucy goes through daily struggles of bullying, leading her to tears. The story accurately demonstrates how hard it can be to stand up to bullies, ask them to stop, and believe in yourself despite what people say. This topic, which will be relatable to many children, pointing out that everybody has feelings and the solution is never to be mean to others in return. Children can learn from Papa Gino's wise words and Lucy's choice to help her bully instead of hurt him. This story with relatable characters and an important life lesson would be a great classroom read. ( )
  ghelmus | May 13, 2014 |
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Lucy's grandpa has always taught her the importance of treating others the way you would want to be treated, and that it's okay to be different. When Lucy's classmate Ralph starts teasing her at school, Lucy makes a very courageous decision to stand up for herself and what she believes.… (more)

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