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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)
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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: 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 |
This book can be used to talk about how being different is okay, you shouldn't be ashamed of it. The students will love the crazy things the character does and how she helps others. ( )
  Mcs018 | Nov 30, 2013 |
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is a lower-elementary read that deals with issues of bullying and acceptance in the classroom. This story is about a young girl who gets made fun of for the food she eats. The moral of the story teaches children that everyone is different and deserved to be appreciated because of their unique attributes. Would be ideal for a read-aloud in a lower elementary classroom because of its simple language and colorful illustrations. ( )
  hhuget | Dec 4, 2012 |
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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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