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The Meanest Thing To Say: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club) [Paperback]

By Bill Cosby (Author) & Varnette P. Honeywood (Illustrator)
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When a new boy in his second grade class tries to get the other students to play a game that involves saying the meanest things possible to one another, Little Bill shows him a better way to make friends.

Publishers Description
This easy-to-read story about peer pressure by comedian and storyteller Bill Cosby is now a Scholastic Reader
Michael Reilly has introduced a new game to Little Bill and his friends. You get twelve chances to say something mean to another kid--and whoever comes up with the biggest insult is the winner.
Insults start flying: "Jose hops with the frogs in science lab " "Andrew eats frogs for dinner " "Little Bill shoots baskets like a girl "
Little Bill tries to think of really mean things to say in retaliation. But Dad teaches him a strategy that enables Little Bill to save face while remaining the nice kid that he really is

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Meanest Thing To Say: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club) by Bill Cosby & Varnette P. Honeywood has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1997 page 59
  • School Library Journal - 12/01/1997 page 87
  • Booklist - 02/15/1998 page 1010

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Cartwheel
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.09"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1997
Publisher   Cartwheel
Age  4-8
ISBN  0590956167  
ISBN13  9780590956161  
UPC  078073003990  

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Product Categories

1Books > Special Features > Oprah's Book Club® > 1997
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Popular Culture
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Peer Pressure
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Values > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > Popular Characters > TV > Little Bill
7Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Early Reader > Little Bill Books
8Books > Subjects > Children > Issues

Reviews - What do customers think about The Meanest Thing To Say: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club)?

Cosby tells "stories about situations children often face."  Mar 14, 2007
The Meanest Thing To Say is not about saying mean things back to mean people. And it isn't even about mean people. What it IS about is children learning self-control, level-headedness and heart. When the new kid, Michael, calls Little Bill names, and says he has to think of the meanest things to say back the next day, Bill is frustrated and anxious. This comes up at home and his dad tells him to just say, "So?" to everything. Little Bill does this and it halts Michael. It takes two people to fight. But the moral of the story doesn't stop here. Bill observes Michael is a new student and maybe just needs a friend. So he invites him to play basketball with him and they become friends.

Unfortunately it is reality that children can be very mean and hurtful. As parents, we need to teach our children how to handle bullies and it's equally as important to teach them not to BE a bully. Also, just ignoring mean actions and words doesn't always work. Everyone has good in them and we all, ages 2-102 need to offer kindness instead of anger. Great job, Cosby! Thank you and please keep writing. Peace & Soar!o8E
Great lesson  Mar 16, 2006
I just got this book yesterday for my son who just turned 3 years old. He really enjoyed it and after reading it, he kept asking me to read it over. He was very interested because he started asking questions at the end. He just started preschool and I wanted to introduce him to possible situations he might go through while in school. This story gives a great lesson on how to handle a situation when someone says something mean to you. My son also enjoyed it because the situation takes place in school and at a basketball court, which he can relate to because he started school and he loves to play basketball.
Secret Weapon Against Bullies  Mar 3, 2006
I was looking for a book to help my 9 year-old deal with other kids who say cruel and demeaning things. My son and I sat down and read the book together and then discussed how saying "so" when mean things are said takes away the bullies power. We decided that "so" was his new secret weapon.

My son was so excited when the very next day at school he used his secret weapon and it worked. He has also shared the book with a few of his classmates and it has helped them too.

Excellent Message -  Feb 22, 2006
An excellent message and a good chapter book for those readers who are starting to gain confidence.

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