Bullying: A Big Complicated Problem with Many Simple Solutions

If each one of us untangled one string at a time...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

ONE and ZERO: A Perfect 10 in Bullying Prevention

But overall he liked being Blue...except when he was with Red.

One, by award-winning author Kathryn Otoshi, is brilliant. Although it's a children's book, it's message is ageless. When it comes to making a bully stop...
Sometimes it just takes One.

Part of it's genius is that it never says bully. It never says target...or even bystander. It's about colors that turn into numbers and realize that they count...just like One.

Reading this to 14 year-olds is as powerful and effective as reading it to 5 year-olds. Adults get it, too.

And GOOD NEWS! Kathryn has written a sequel. ZERO is about learning to believe in yourself and realizing your worth.
But how could a number worth nothing become something?...
Zero rolled up to the numbers. "I've thought of a way for us to count even more!" she said....
And this time when she looked at herself, she felt whole...right in her center.

These two books make it simple to teach the complicated concept that everyone counts. Sometimes it just takes One...and Zero.

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