Rumor Has It...
Whether we’ve been the subject of a rumor or the one spreading a rumor about someone else, most of us have been involved with rumors somehow. But how many people really stop to think about the damaging effects? Fortunately, award-winning author Julia Cook does, and cleverly brings this serious subject to light in an entertaining and funny, but cautionary, tale about the importance of NOT starting or spreading rumors. Told through the eyes of the rumor marble, the story describes how a simple misunderstanding starts a chain reaction that can’t be undone. K-6 students will laugh as they read this story and are reminded that it’s much easier to prevent a train – or a rolling rumor marble – from starting to roll forward than trying to stop one! 32 pgs.
Published by Boys Town Press
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This is a cute book that offers a huge lesson in how a rumor can get started and how damaging it can be. In the beginning, you meet the rumor marble. He tells you how he likes to roll around in your head and change how you think, feel, and act. It then rolls from your mouth into another person’s head, where it continues to change things and create feelings that are different each time. The story itself shares a rumor about a couch in the girl’s bathroom at school. How one kid started the rumor, which then grew and grew until everyone in town and the news was reporting on the rumor. You learn how damaging the rumor can be and how people look at you differently because of something someone says...
If you are looking for a story to teach your little ones about rumors before school, this is a great read. I love the colorful illustrations, it really brings the story together. This would also be a great story for teachers to read to students in their classrooms. Especially the younger grades, whose students are young and very impressionable.
Julia Cook is the absolute best when it comes to social/emotional books. I lost track of how many I own by her. I especially love the parent/educator sections of the books for applicable discussion topics, vocabulary, and activities. Filled with entertaining pictures, Cook delivers a wonderful story regarding rumors that a variety of children can relate to.
This was a really cute little book. Very easy to read even though it didn't transfer very well in an ebook. I loved how colorful it was. It flowed pretty nicely and everything was such an asset to the story. Most kids stories go off on tangents about other things that are not needed for the story but this one didn't. It was all so true and thought out.