Teasing is often used as an excuse for doing and saying mean things. Teasing is used to make people feel uncomfortable about themselves or a situation. Kids and grown ups tease; it is something that a lot of people do. Teasing can often get carried way too far, and when that happens people get upset or they get hurt. It may seem like fun, but in the end, teasing isn't usually very much fun for anybody.
Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing
In "Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing," by Jan and Stan Berenstain, Brother and Sister Bear usually get along fine, but Brother has developed a bad habit. He likes to tease his little sister. The tables get turned on him at school, and he discovers that being teased isn't nearly as much fun as teasing. Things even up when Brother stands up for the new kid, who looks as if he is going to be teased a lot by Too-Tall and his gang of bear cub friends.
Katie Woo: No More Teasing
In "Katie Woo: No More Teasing," by Fran Manushkin, Roddy Rogers thinks it is funny when Katie Woo falls down in a mud puddle and starts crying. He tries to find new ways to make Katie cry. But there are many things that Katy likes about school, and one day she is too busy watching a butterfly hatch to pay attention to Roddy. Then she is too busy painting to pay attention to his mean teasing. Then it is Roddy's turn to be upset, and Katie has a secret to share with her friend, Jojo.
Eloise Gets a Lesson
"Eloise Gets a Lesson" by Margaret McNamara, is an early reader with expressive pictures. Eloise is a naughty little girl who likes to give her tutor, Phillip, a lot of trouble. She mocks him by repeating what he says, and she turns his questions upside down. It is easy to see from the illustrations that Phillip is not having a good time. Eloise takes up the whole math class with her nonsense, then writes completed math lessons on her chalk board for her little dog. While almost an example promoting teasing, this little book is an opportunity for discussion of Eloise's behavior.
Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun
In "Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun," by Marie Dismondy, Lucy is a beautiful little girl with lots of poofy hair. She and her Papa Gino like to eat unusual things, like ketchup on toast or spaghetti in a hot dog bun. Ralph, a boy at her school, remarks that he can't see over the "poodle" in front of him -- Lucy's curly hair. At lunch he says her spaghetti is stinky. The teasing goes on until Ralph gets stuck on top of the monkey bars, which gives Lucy a chance to do something nice for him.