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Reviewed by Lois J Wickstrom for Readers' Favorite
Tessa liked school until Luke started teasing her about being short. Teasing is a type of bullying that most children experience and most children wish they could make it stop. This book presents an interesting approach to figuring out how to stop the teasing and even become friends with the bully. I particularly like the fact that Tess figures out her solution all by herself – rather than an adult figure telling her what to do. Her problem-solving makes her victory at the end so much sweeter, and gives the reader the hope that maybe this technique will work for them too. Tessa and the Tease by Amy Syd Babcock, illustrated by Julie Murphy, is a roadmap to a happier playground experience.
The market seems filled with books about bullying. Most of them are about standing up for yourself, telling an adult, and if you aren’t the one being victimized, standing up for the child who is. This book takes a different approach. In my opinion, this is a much more mature perspective and therefore won’t work all the time with every child. But when it does work, it is a great solution as it enables both the bully and the bullied to see each other as people who have lives outside the situation. Both are human and are capable of thinking outside the dynamic. This book shows a path. Tessa and the Tease by Amy Syd Babcock has my recommendation for discussion in classrooms and households, or wherever bullying occurs.