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Sea Monster and The Bossy FishSea Monster and the Bossy Fish by Kate Messner and Illustrated by Andy Rash
Published by Chronicle Books
Pages: 36
Ages: 4-8
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Publishers Summary:

Being kind is a big job, but nothing’s too big for a sea monster. Not even taking on the new fish in school, who’s great… except when he’s pushing people around. This funny, charming twist on dealing with a bully will reassure and delight the smallest children and the biggest sea monsters alike.
Kate Messner writes books in upstate New York. She lives with her family on Lake Champlain, home of the legendary lake monster “Champ.” And yes . . . she believes.

TurkeybirdTurkeybird’s Back at It: Guess what? I just started my first day of first grade! I have a new teacher and I even get to go hug my favoritest teacher ever from last year still. I’m super excited about this year because I have lots of old friends and some new friends in my class, just like the Sea Monster in the story.

One time I had a friend who was a lot like the new kid in this story and it was super super hard for me to know why he was always doing things to make me sad and upset, but after I talked to my mom and teacher things started to get a little better. I really like Sea Monster’s idea to have a Friend Club! That sounds like a lot of fun and I think all my friends would like it a lot!

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Mom’s Two Cents: Sea Monster remembers how hard it was to be the new kid at a new school. When a new fish shows up he wants to be sure the new fish feels at home. This new fish is very different from Sea Monster though and before too long the new fish has Sea Monster wondering about his new friendship.

I’m constantly on the lookout for great books that help kiddos understand how to treat each other better. Books that show how bullying can be flipped on it’s head to create something positive and hopeful. Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish easily fits into that category. One of the things I enjoyed about the story the most was that it focused on a different kind of bullying, something more subtle and difficult for young kiddos to understand.

In many of the situations between the new fish and Sea Monster the new fish simply ignores his feelings by forcing what he wants to do on Sea Monster. Being pushy and not validating another person’s emotions or opinions is something that takes empathy and understanding. This is obviously something difficult for a four to eight year old (and sometimes even older) to have learned, especially if they come from a setting where it’s not actively taught. The beauty of reading, especially to children is this opportunity to create dialogue and ways to discuss situations and emotions without feeling threatened or upset.

Kate Messner has done a brilliant job of bringing to light a tough subject in a brand new unique way. Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish of course has some of Kate’s characteristic non-fiction elements that add another layer to this fantastic new story. Coming from a situation much like Sea Monster’s it was easy for Turkeybird to see and connect with the story, I only wish I’d had this book to read with him then but at least now we’ve been able to start some more great discussions about friendship, standing up for ourselves and being creative about how we interact with others. Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish by Kate Messner is a marvelous new story that young readers will no doubt benefit immensely from.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 4-8. Perfect for school age kids, especially at the start of the year and when new classmates arrive. Also, good for highlighting a different side of bullying in a way that will open up great dialogue with young readers.

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17 Responses to Review and Giveaway: Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish by Kate Messner

  1. Anna Sedenka says:

    My Favorite part of school is read aloud time!

  2. What a fun blog! My favorite part of school was always art class. Because I loved drawing so much, I would also draw during other subjects and sometimes got in trouble for that.

  3. Oooo count me in. This sounds great. I’m with you. I love any book that shows kids how to treat others.

    My favorite part of school? School lunch. LOL I loved it for some reason. I still have found memories of school pizza.

  4. Marjorie R. says:

    My favourite part of school and spelling.

  5. I would LOVE to win a copy to share with my son’s 1st grade and daughter’s kindergarten classes!

    My favorite part of school was always reading – reading, reading, reading! And spelling bees 🙂

  6. Kelly Brown says:

    Oh great book! My favorite thing about school is working with my students and watching how much they grow in their learning!

  7. Paula says:

    I always liked spelling.

  8. Sharon says:

    Count me in. I’d love to win a copy of this book!

    My favorite part of school was math. I was entered in math contests every year in elementary school by my teachers and placed pretty good every year.

  9. Carol M says:

    My favorite part of school was going to the school library to take out books!

  10. My favorite part of elementary school was my art class. Loved drawing cartoons.

  11. Pen and Ink says:

    Susan Commenting. I loved when the teacher read stories. I still remember the place and setting in second grade in Great Neck, Long Island when my teacher read To Think that I Saw It On Mulberry Street. I moved a lot -11 schools before I finished 6th grade. I was one of the kids who always wanted to be sure everyone had friends. Kind of like Sea Monster

  12. apple blossom says:

    recess of course…playing jumprope with the girls

  13. erin says:

    This sounds like a great book! My favorite part of school was library day. I loved exploring and checking out books.

  14. My favorite time was library time, of course!!

  15. Anne says:

    I love recommendations for new kids books. My favorite part of school was art class.

  16. Pragmaticmom says:

    My favorite was recess which I spent at the library a lot!

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