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How to foil a bully's tactics

Myrtle is happy. Her mom loves her. Her dad loves her. Her baby brother loves her. She has a good life -- until Frances moves next door. Frances does not love Myrtle, and she makes it her mission to keep Myrtle miserable. She makes mean signs, sings mean songs, and says mean things. It comes to the point when Myrtle is afraid to play outside. T...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Dealing with bullies is one of the great hardships of some children's some good advice - ignore the bully and carry on - and I did like how the book did not succumb to a happy end where the bully was misunderstood and they all became friends (here she remains ignored and somewhat dismayed at being ignored). I do hope anyone getting books for a child who is being bullied knows it is not a subject to take lightly or to suggest the child work it out on their own...this is where adults...more
Cheryl in CC NV
I don't know whether this approach works with most bullies, but the ones that aren't allowed in your own yard can be frustrated by this treatment. Love meeting Aunt Tizzy, but am disturbed the parents weren't shown even trying to help.
Mary Sesar
Myrtle was about a little girl mouse who loved to go out and play. The next door neighbor Frances was always mean to her and her little brother. Myrtle didn't like all the mean jokes Frances played on her. One day, Myrtle was so afraid to go outside, she locked herself in the closet until her Aunt Tizzy came to cheer her up. She was taught just to ignore all those mean things Frances did, and eventually it would stop, and it did.
This book could be used to teach children to just ignore all the na...more
Skylar Burris
The illustrations are a bit overly busy, but my daughter seems to have enjoyed the story. It's a good lesson in ignoring mean people and going on with your business instead of allowing them to ruin your day or your mood.
Everyone loves Myrtle, until a new kid moves in next door. She doesn't like Myrtle, and she makes it her goal to keep Myrtle miserable. But finally Myrtle learns to ignore her and go on with her day.
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Tracey Campbell Pearson was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. The youngest of four children, her family moved to neighboring Wilton when she was eight years old. While attending Parsons School of Design, she studied with Maurice Sendak and discovered her love for creating children's books. After her graduation from Parsons in 1978, -she began her career as a staff artist at American Greetings Corp. in...more
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