Monday, January 28, 2013

EMILY BREAKS FREE The all time 5-Star Reviewed Anti-Bullying eBook for Young Readers 4-11

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Emily Breaks Free

Written by Linda Talley

Illustrated by Andra Chase


Emily Breaks Free is worth the price of this treasure as it introduces you to the different aspects of bullying. The book is unique because it is the only book I found for children while researching children’s literature for our professional book that provides a glimpse into all four roles of a bullying situations. Since bullying happens in every situation across our country it is a social issue that must be addressed by parents, teachers and schools. Emily Breaks Free provides a wonderful tool that will become an invaluable book in your classroom or home library. In fact, it will become a standard read aloud for your group meetings each and every year regardless of the age of your children!


Reba M. Wadsworth


Bullying HURTS: Teaching Kindness Through Read Alouds and Guided Conversations

2012 Heinemann

Lester L. Laminack and Reba M. Wadsworth





Emily, the main character, become flattered when Spike (Bully) begins to pays her attention. When he enters Emily’s (by-stander) world she forgets all the things she has been taught about right and wrong---even making fun of others! They meet Cotton (the one being bullied) and immediately Spike begins making mean comments which Emily is not comfortable with but doesn’t stand up against because Spike makes her laugh. Soon Emerson (intervene with the bully in defense of the one being bullied) enters and as he stands up to rescue Cotton, Emily has the strength to stand up as well. All characters are different kind of dogs and the art will draw your children into the book.




5.0 out of 5 stars EMILY BREAKS FREE, November 1, 2012



This review is from: EMILY BREAKS FREE Bullying Children's Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version) (Kindle Edition)

Looks as if we'll be investing in the entire series. Very fun to read and promotes conversation. Everyone has enjoyed the story of Emily.



5.0 out of 5 stars Great lesson, October 10, 2012


A great read to kids about bullies and feelings. We loved the doggies as the people in this story. Every kid should read this.


5.0 out of 5 stars Too cute, October 5, 2012


This made my girlfriend giggle, she loves puppy tales. The mixture of different breeds having fun together made it even more cute!


5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures..., August 4, 2012


The pictures here are beautiful and are nicely optimized for Fire; the landscape format will even override a locked screen for maximum viewing. The print can be double-tapped to enlarge, a fact that probably should be explained for readers who aren't aware. Most highly recommended!


4.0 out of 5 stars That Dog Is a Bully, July 18, 2012


Nancy Mauerman (Portland, OR

Emily, a dog in Boston, breaks from her person, meets a bully and a new dog to the city and finds herself in a pickle. The bully is funny and entertaining at the new dog's expense but his jokes create bad feelings inside Emily. She changes direction and breaks free from the bully. The lesson the book presents is direct but not preachy, the pictures are simply beautiful and echo the story's message through the body language of the dogs. I had some problems with the small text but I love the book, plus at the end I found a map and sketch of all the important sights mentioned in the story.
I like stories that focus on noticing the feelings inside and making big choices, like this one.



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Fully Illustrated Version

Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6

This version of EMILY BREAKS FREE includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.


EMILY BREAKS FREE will help address the problem of bullying in a non-threatening context and suggest techniques for responding to a bully.

Emily is a nice, playful little dog. So why would she join forces with a big bully like Spike? Even Emily is confused about the answer to that question. It's true that Spike makes Emily laugh, in spite of herself, and he is fun-in a way. Emily is flattered when Spike invites her to tag along with him.

But when Spike begins teasing a fluffy outsider named Cotton, Emily is sorry to see the hurt look on the little dog's face. And the dog biscuit Spike takes from Cotton does not taste as good as Emily had thought it would. Emily really regrets being lumped together with Spike as among "the meanest ol' dogs" Cotton has ever encountered.
Just when Emily is wondering how to make things right, a bewhiskered terrier named Emerson saunters onto the scene. A dog of principle, Emerson shows Emily that it is possible to break free of Spike.

Emily's story unfolds along the Freedom TrailTM, Boston's famous walking tour of historic sites from the Revolutionary era-the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and more. These scenes of the American struggle for independence from Britain are a fitting backdrop for Emily's struggle to free herself from Spike and his tyrannical ways!

Author Linda Talley's compelling, graceful and carefully researched story about resisting bullying and finding freedom is irresistible reading for young and old alike. Illustrator Andra Chase's captivating watercolor depictions of the colorful cast of characters, as well as her also carefully researched renderings of historic American buildings and other sights on the Freedom Trail will help bring this important story to life for all readers.

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" whch includes lots of facts about the American Revolution, Boston, and the Freedom Trail, as well as interesting notes about Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Old South Meeting House, Boston Common and more. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in colorful descriptions of Colonial Boston.

A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with the young reader about the message of the to cope with bullying. So even though on the surface, this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.

There are specific methods to avoid and cope with bullying embedded in the story.


If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…

If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…

If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…

Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-9.

Read WITH your children and grandchildren, discuss the concept and message…

and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.

(signed) The Thoughtful Parent




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