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Author: Ransom, Jeanie Franz
Illustrator: Zivoin, Jennifer
Publisher: Magination Press
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781433820489
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Kindergarten, Parent Resource, Teacher Resource

Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf: A Story About Bullying

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Big Red wasn’t just big. She was mean.
What’s a Little Bitty Wolf to do when the path he takes through the woods to school, leads him to an encounter with Big Red, the new girl in town, who thrives on bullying others?  Little Bitty Wolf attempts a host of strategies to try to solve his relationship problem with Big Red, with the suggestions of parents and his teacher, Mr. Know-It-Owl. Following the story are extensive Notes to Parents and Caregivers about how to use the book, how to help children who are being bullied and help your child if they are the perpetrator of bullying. It also suggests ways in which to help your child deal with being a bystander/witness to bullying and their important role. This book is best suited read aloud to young children, to help them they develop strategies in dealing with bullying.  The only difficulty of this book is that Big Red does not change her ways but simply abandons her attack on Little Bitty Wolf.  The reversal of stereotypes is a great way for children to look at fairy tales as a genre. 
This book is well researched and comes from an author who is a professional elementary school counselor. She speaks with authority on the subject of bullying and the dynamics of school interactions between students.  Teachers will appreciate this ready-to-use book in a poignant teaching moment, as well as the advice about the signs to watch out for regarding bullying.
 

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