Monday, August 15, 2016

Bookreview from Oh My Bookness of The SockKids Say NO to Bullying By Michael Sullivan & Shelley Larkin

The SockKids Say NO to Bullying
By: Michael Johnson Sullivan, Shelley Larkin
Illustrated By: Alexandra Gold

Publisher: Insider's Report, Inc.
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Book Length: 56
ISBN-10 :0991154169

Book Description:

The SockKids focus on educating children and adults how bullying affects us all and what we can do about it.

Do you know where your socks go when they go missing in the washing machine? Well, the SockKids know! The SockKids are a mismatched family of socks that sometimes time travel through the spin cycle, teaching universal lessons of love and kindness, and focusing on creating a greater awareness of the many social issues that children are faced with today. The SockKids help to educate and encourage children from 2 to 92 to find solutions in helping to make this a better world.

In this story, Sudsy and Wooly discover their human is being bullied at school and team up against bullies with Ethan’s newest friend, Olivia. They discover bullying hurts everyone and staying silent is not an option.

More Inside! Children’s counselor and licensed therapist, Jamie Ross, gives adults and children guidelines on how to handle bullies.

Book Review:
The SockKids Say NO to Bullying 
Author: Michael Johnson Sullivan  and Shelley Larkin 
Review By: Brittany Perez 
(Oh My Bookness)
August 17, 2016

Bullies. Bullying.  This is what it looks like.

•One out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year.


•64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36 percent reported the bullying.


•More than half of bullying situations (57 percent) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied


•School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%


•The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%)
(National Bullying Prevention Center).

How can YOU start change?

Unfortunately bullying does not stop when YOU "grow up" or "grower older" and "mature". No, no matter what age you are bullying exists and together we can only be proactive if we want to see a difference. Start by showing that being the bigger person, helping someone in need, stepping in when YOU know what  YOU are seeing being done is wrong! Together WE need to show standing up does not mean compromise. Standing up does not mean you or the bullied are "cowardice". Standing up does not mean standing up just because you are both part of the same "click", ethnicity, color, religon, or "social staus". Standing up means knowing what is wrong and what is right no matter who he/she is. NO MATTER how they identify themselves,  NO MATTER gay, straight,bi,or transgender, you stand up. Standing up to bullies mean not becoming one yourself either.

The SockKids Say NO To Bullying is a book wonderfully written for those of all ages. It goes through steps on how to handle different situations that involve bullying and how to handle it. It goes over as well a clear definitive definition on what bullying is. It goes over also, if you are a victim of bullying or ever become a victim of bullying (hopefully it won't but...we don't live in a perfect world), how to cope with tips and advice.

It also goes over ways to seek help. Bullying is very trying on one both mentally, emotionally, and takes a physical tole which in turn effects how one sees themselves and others. It effects the day to day such as school and or work. It's not something we as a society can turn a blind eye to anymore. The more out in the open it becomes shows we are not going to stand by and watch it happen. It in turn encourage others also to do the same.

This book is great for many reasons but I only can think of one that matters...

Let us show those before and after that in the darkest of times there will be someone there to help so they can feel safe, loved, and be proud of who they are. To show that bullies do not have control over who your or I are and want to be. To be proud of ourselves. Let no one say otherwise...

The SockKids Say NO To Bullying is great for all ages especially since we see bullying in the work place and day to day lives. Bullying even crosses over from face to face to phone to cyber bullying. Many don't feel they can talk, or tell anyone cause they feel nothing can be done but SockKids shows ways we can start that change.
I find this book a must read on the topic of bullying. There are many books out there that broach the subject, but don't go over ways to handle it, or what can be done or even different forms. I look forward to the subject to broaden to show more and The SockKids Say NO to Bullying has already started.

Statistical Reference:
National Bullying Prevention Center

About The Author:

Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm. Before his interest in socks, Sullivan started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. Sullivan returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in 2010. His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named one of the best books of 2012 by Sullivan has written articles about the plight of homelessness for, The Washington,, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s service. 

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