The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

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Hardly anyone noticed young Sally McCabe. She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade. But Sally notices everything -- from the twenty-seven keys on the janitor's ring to the bullying happening on the playground. One day, Sally has had enough and decides to make herself heard. And when she takes a chance and stands up to the bullies, she finds that one small girl can make a big difference.
Publisher: New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780399257438
0399257438
Branch Call Number: jE ROBERTS 2014
Characteristics: 30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Christian - Illustrator

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Bullying and teasing is rampant at school, until the smallest girl of all takes a BIG stand.

Bullying and teasing is rampant at school, until the smallest girl of all takes a BIG stand.

A young girl gets tired of hurtful behavior at her school and speaks out to encourage kindness.


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BridgettM
Jan 13, 2017

This picture book does a good job of showing how one person can make a difference, even if she is the smallest girl in the smallest grade. I enjoyed the writing and illustrations. I especially liked how Sally is described as being essentially invisible but always "paying super extra special attention" to everything.

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muffinpopcorn
May 14, 2015

Very good story to teach about standing up when one sees wrong being done. And to stop bullying . Doesn't matter if you're small , everyone has a voice and a sense of right and wrong.

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CBAKS
May 05, 2015

Excellent tool to teach kids about feeling and respecting oneself and others and to speak up when you see naughty things happening to others.

SPL_Childrens Feb 19, 2015

Little Sally McCabe was a very quiet girl. She was also the smallest girl in the youngest grade of the school. Hardly anyone noticed her.
Sally, on the other hand, noticed almost everything around her. This was because she always paid extra special attention.
She noticed exactly how many keys were on the school janitor’s ring, how quickly the leaves changed colour in the fall, and where each abandoned kite was in every tree.
Sally also noticed each sad or embarrassed face, each schoolyard “snub”, and each hurt feeling. One day, having witnessed yet another hurtful incident of teasing in the cafeteria, she couldn’t stand it any longer.
With her hand in the air, she shouted, “I’m tired of seeing this terrible stuff. Stop hurting each other! This is enough!”
Everyone heard Sally. Soon she was joined by other students, staff and teachers – and even the principal – who all agreed that there was far too much unkindness, meanness, exclusion and bullying in their school.
And so it happened that the smallest girl in the smallest grade sparked a big change in her school, with her schoolmates becoming kinder and acting more considerately toward one another.
Told in rhyme, the story’s messages about empathy, fairness and standing up for what is right could spark a worthwhile conversation with elementary students about these relevant issues. The idea that even a little person can make a difference will resonate with them.
Justin Roberts is a Grammy-nominated children’s musician and his picture book is loosely based on his song “Billy the Bully”.
Illustrator Christian Robinson, whose vibrant, coloured pencil artwork is very appropriate for this wonderful picture book, notes that he was once the “thinnest, shyest boy in the smallest grade”.

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SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7

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