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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Hildy lived in the country with her Mama, Papa, and little sister, Francesca. Summer was over and it was time for Hildy to start kindergarten in the new school. Hildy knew only Sophie because they went to pre-school together and she hoped she would make new friends. Mrs. Porter, her new kindergarten teacher, made them form groups of five students. Hildy was in the group with Becca, Billy, Kitty, and Albert and she was happy she was not in Sophie's group. The girls in that group were mean. They always said mean things to hurt kids' feelings. One day Sophie came home from school crying and said she did not want to go back to school. Sophie's mother complained to Mrs. Porter and she made Hildy trade places with Sophie. Hildy came home crying and Sophie knew the reason and she told that to Mrs. Porter. How would Hildy tackle the problem of dealing with the mean girls in her group?
Mimi's Strategy: What to do about the mean girls by Linda Goudsmit is an excellent book with a relevant concept. Students will find it real and relatable and Mimi's Strategy will help them regain their power so that anyone mean cannot trouble them. The illustrations by Xavier Pom are wonderful and they give color and life to the story, characters, and concept. Mimi's Strategy can be tried out by everyone, children as well as adults, in dealing with mean people. It is a perfect story for all children and tutors and parents can use it for storytelling sessions to give youngsters tools to deal with mean people. All the books in this series are encouraging and educational and will help children deal with their problems in a positive and confident way.