Author: Hartt-Sussman, Heather Côté , Geneviève (Illustrator)
Pub. Date: 2016
List Price: 19.99
Suggested Grades: K to 3
PICTURE BOOK – (hardcover)
Noni always tries to do the right thing. But she doesn’t know how to help her classmate Hector, who is constantly bullied for his name, his size and his giant glasses. Noni stands by silently, afraid that the kids will turn on her if she speaks up. Yet “doing nothing” doesn’t feel very good. Will Noni be brave enough to take matters into her own hands?
Heather Hartt-Sussman’s engaging story, complemented by the expressive illustrations of Geneviève Côté, is an exploration of overcoming fear and finding the courage face up to bullies. A companion to Noni Says No and Noni is Nervous.”
Reviewed by Myra Junyk. CM: Canadian Review of Materials, January, 2016 Highly Recommended “Young readers will definitely enjoy this beautiful picture book! Noni Speaks Up would be particularly useful for parents and teachers as a read-aloud. Young readers could participate in a shared reading experience or could dramatize the story by taking on the roles of the characters in the story. They could also discuss what happens after the picture book ends. The story will provide the basis for lively discussion with parents. caregivers or teachers on topics such as bullying, peer pressure, friendship, responsibility and caring for others.”