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JUVENILE FICTION/Social Issues/Values & Virtues

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“Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee our children a life free from all unkindness. We can, however, give them skills and values to cope with whatever challenges they may have to face. Maria Dismondy has a real grasp of what children might experience when adults are not around, and I look forward to more of her stories.”

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are

How can Ralph be so mean? Lucy is one of a kind and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make a good choice. This charming story empowers children to always do the right thing and be proud of themselves, even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.

Tom Rutledge, Ph.D., child psychologist

Joyce A. Urba, Ph.D., retired liaison College of Education, Michigan State University $9.95

Maria Dismondy/Kimberly Shaw-Peterson

“Papa Gino’s message to Lucy is an important one for children, and for all of us: ‘Treat others as you want to be treated.’ All who have worried about being teased in school will be touched by this warm and wise book.”

Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun