Simon is having a bad day; a bad hair day. First his sister gives him a strange hair cut, then his friends tease him. Simon doesn’t know what to do. Lucky for him he runs into Grandma Rose. After listening to his sorrowful story she helps him learn an important life lesson; how to handle teases and put-downs. By comparing teases to fishing hooks she tells him a tale of how fish learned not to bite. With fanciful characters such as Harmony Hippy Fish, Freddie Fang, Max the Mouse Fish and more, Simon learns that he, too, can swim free from the teasing hooks that people toss his way.Grandma Rose’s wittiness and compassion helps Simon survive a childhood that is filled with name calling, being laughed at, and feeling isolated and different from the other kids. Her trick is teaching Simon how to deal with the other children’s “baits” through five specific steps. These steps include ignoring, distracting, agreeing, and/or laughing with the teasing and removing himself from the situation. By giving him options that could fit into any situation Grandma Rose is enabling Simon to defend himself and yet stay out of trouble.
These are noteworthy tips for elementary-aged and older children who are subjected to ridicule, and as a result, low self-esteem. This story would be most beneficial to middle school-aged children. Kids in elementary grades may have difficulty with the advanced vocabulary and length of text on a page. However, it could be read aloud and discussed with them. The book closes with a special note to parents and teachers regarding helpful tips to initiating discussion with a child about this subject.
|Author:||Karen Gedig Burnett|
|Age Range:||6 and Up|
|Release Date:||October 1, 1999|