Don't Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin
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Do you wear glasses? Ever been picked last for the team? Afraid you’ll be called on in class?

Don’t laugh at me. Don’t call me names.

Have you laughed at someone else for the same reasons? Someone you thought was geeky or slow--someone different from you.

Don’t get your pleasure from my pain.

For anyone who’s ever been bullied--or been a bully themselves--it’s time to change your tune. This is not a book for whiners, but a new language that will give you the words you need to take charge and stop the cycle of teasing.

Filled with inspiration and celebration, Don’t Laugh at Me is the anthem for a new bully-free world. Read it, sing it, and cheer!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Operation Respect “Don’t Laugh at Me” Project.

About Steve Seskin

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Steve Seskin, born and raised in New York City, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1972 where he began and continues a career as a singer/songwriter. He lives in the East Bay with his wife, Ellen, and their son, David. Allen Shamblin was born in Tennessee and raised in Huffman, Texas. In 1987, he moved to Nashville to pursue his songwriting career. He lives just outside the city with his wife, Lori, and their three children, Ashli, Caleb, and Lindsey. Frequent collaborators, Steve and Allen have written over 50 songs together but this is their first children's book. Their children provided much of the inspiration for "Don't Laugh at Me," which they hope can help make the world a kinder, safer, and more supportive place for all kids. Enjoy! Glin Dibley wanted to be a professional basketball player. Glin is too short to play professional basketball. Glin now paints pictures for a living. This is his second children's book; Tub Boo Boo was his first.
Published November 25, 2009 by 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Arts & Photography.

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In his afterword, Yarrow points to the many schools and organizations that have joined Operation Respect: “Don’t Laugh at Me.” This effort is, as Yarrow states, “part of spreading the message.” Terribly didactic—but not all that offensive in its obviousness.

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Songwriters Seskin and Shamblin laudably sound a call for tolerance in this picture-book adaptation of a heartfelt tune that inspired, and has become the anthem for, a rapidly expanding educational program within an organization called Operation Respect (founded by Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary).

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