#MebookoftheMonth November 2017-Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun:Having the Courage to Be Who You Are
Updated: Jul 25, 2018
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
"That took a lot of courage. It wasn't the easiest thing to do. You chose to treat others the way you want to be treated. I'm so proud of you, Lucy" - Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, Maria Dismondy.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy is November's #MebookoftheMonth. This inspiring children’s book is written by award-winning author, Maria Dismondy. She taught elementary school for more than a decade but resigned to spread the message of empowerment to children. She specialises in books about the issues and problems that children face today. One of it is bullying, a subject which is close to her heart. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is her first children’s book and is based on her own experience as a child.
What is this book about?
Lucy is a bubbly child that enjoys going to school and being herself. That is, until Ralph starts to pick on everything she does, or is – from her hair to her food. She starts becoming a victim and fears Ralph. That is, until Ralph needed her help in an unexpected situation. Lucy makes a very brave choice and helps Ralph.
We love it because...
We would like to think that stories about bullies reside in Hollywood movies (think Mean Girls or even The Karate Kid) or that we raised our children well enough that they would never be a bully. Well, truth is our children grow up to be their own person and we may never be around all the time to correct them or guide them to the right path. It’s all part of growing up – they would need to learn, unlearn and relearn to become wonderful human beings that we know they are.
We think this book teaches children two sides of the story from the perspective of the victim and the bully – which is great. It teaches them that there are things that they do that could hurt the feelings of another – sometimes intentional or unintentional. It opens up a conversation with our children about how we’re all born different and special in our own way. Most importantly, they as children also have a choice to follow the crowd or to stand up for what is right!