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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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Spaghetti in A Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy



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Summary: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is about a little girl named Lucy who is being bullied by a boy named Ralph. Lucy knows that everyone should be kind to everyone (she talks about having the same feelings in your heart), but Ralph makes fun of her hair (calling her a poodle), her lunch (spaghetti in a hot dog bun that he calls stinky), and finally sends her over the edge when he hands her a bag full of dog treats. When Ralph gets stuck on the monkey bars, Lucy decides to help him and is proud of herself for being kind to Ralph. The two become friends at the end of the story and Lucy's grandfather is very proud of her.

Personal Connection: I liked this story- it reminded me of The Sandwich Swap by Queen Raina. I also liked that Lucy mentioned her fear of being a tattletale- that is something first graders can relate to! It did seem a bit pushy in it's message, but helpful none the less. I also liked the 10 reasons you are special in the back of the book as an after message :)

-Book reading: https://www.teachingbooks.net/signin.cgi?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachingbooks.net%2Fbrr.cgi%3Fr%3D4%26ri%3D12405%26url_id%3D122016%26i%3D%26x%3D1
-Mom's Choice Awards: Honoring Excellence
-similar texts listed in back of book to locate: The Potato Chip Champ, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, The Juice Box Bully

Application to Teaching: I would use this book in a unit on being yourself and being kind to others. It is very relatable and applicable to K-2 grades- though a bit too simple for older audiences- definitely a predictable ending. Could be fun to use for a unit on writing about our favorite foods and sharing our differences! ( )
  alliecipolla | Jul 22, 2017 |
a little girl is getting made fun of because all the things that make her unique. finally she decides that she loves the things about her that make her different
6 books
  TUCC | Jun 19, 2017 |
A little girl is teased for her like of a certain meal. She has courage to continue eating her meal and she is proud of herself.
Pierce College Library.
  Afrady | Jun 10, 2017 |
Lucy is bullied by a boy named Ralph and it isn't until he needs her help that she understands her power and her uniqueness.
  Gervona | Jun 6, 2017 |
This book empowers children to always do the right thing and be proud of themselves. Even when they are faced with someone as challenging.
  ApoloniaEM | Jun 5, 2017 |
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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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