Freddie and Friends: Bugging Out

A Story about Learning to Keep Small Problems Small and Avoiding Big Reactions

Author: Kimberly Delude, MA, CCC-SLP
Illustrator: Brian Martin
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**Winner of the Counselor's Choice Award!**
**Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award!**

Freddie the Fly's friend Stella the Stinkbug has a problem. Or lots of problems. Some problems are BIG and some are small. But every time she faces a problem, like when she spills her milk or when Slinky uses her crayon in art class, she reacts the same way. She BUGS OUT. And you know what happens when a stinkbug bugs out? It causes a BIG STINK! 

With help from Mrs. Monarch, Stella and Freddie learn about different kinds of problems: BIG problemsMEH problems, and NO BIGS. Each problem has an appropriate reaction and should be weighed on a scale before reacting. Mrs. Monarch teaches Stella and Freddie two important questions to ask themselves--1. Do I need a lot of help to fix it? and 2. Will it take a long time to fix?--and then the problem-solving can begin! 

Follow along as Freddie and Stella learn to control their reactions to different problems, and to keep small problems small so they can be easily solved. Another great teaching story from the Freddie the Fly series by speech language pathologist and expert Kim Delude! Tips are included at the end of the story to help children learn to identify when a problem is a big deal and how to match their reaction to the size of the problem.

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About the Author

Kimberly Delude, M.A., CCC-SLP, worked for a national sports team before earning her MA at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst's Department of Education. Kimberly has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association and works as a Speech Language Pathologist in the public schools. She spends her days giving kids a voice and uses her humorous tales to help children have fun while improving their communication skills. Kimberly is the author of the Freddie the Fly book series, celebrating children who demonstrate good character, and teaching communication skills. The book series won the Counselor's Choice Award, which is awarded by Licensed Mental Health Therapists for "Recognition of Quality in the Field." She was also the recipient of the 2020 Massachusetts Speech Hearing Associations Clinical Achievement Award. Find more tips from Kimberly on Instagram @kimdbooks and @thespeechvine.

Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 978-1-944882-69-3
Juvenile Fiction
Full Color Illustrations
31 pages
Softcover, 9"x9"
Grades K-5; Ages 5-11

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