Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.
HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH - "THE LAST BULLY" by Suzy Liebermann, Happy Language Kids Publications, 2012
Happiness Begins With Respect
Hugo is a little starfish and so it’s not surprising that in this story he comes across several bigger fish in the ocean. Sadly, they are bigger fish with the wrong attitudes – they are bullies!
After seeing his friend getting bullied, Hugo decides enough is enough. He forms the Anti-Bully Club and teaches the bullies a valuable lesson about respect.
By working together as a group, Hugo and his friends manage to show the bullies that there is always a bigger fish in the sea and that happiness comes from respecting others not bullying them.

The Last Dragon by Susan Miho Nunes illus by Chris K Soentpiet
A young boy's determination and the help of the people in Chinatown bring to life the old dragon and the young Chinese boy discovers he has many friends in Chinatown.

Pumpkin Soup by Cooper A delightful story about Cat, Squirrel and Duck and the problems caused when Duck decides he will stir the pumpkin soup instead of Squirrel. It takes a while but gradually everything is worked and cooperation reigns again.
Cooperation, Empathy

Smile, Crocodile, Smile by An Vrombaut
Poor Clarabella the crocodile has so many teeth that it takes her all day to clean them, while the other animal children have quickly finished and go off to play. When one of her friends gives her a specially long toothbrush, she too is able to join in the play.
Creativity, Cooperation

Belonging by Jeannie Baker hardback
This book depicts an inner city suburb which is bleak in its drabness, ugly signs, graffitti and dilapidated houses and the way it changes over several generations. The street is gradually transformed as a little girl and her family begin to plant native trees and flowers. Gradually the whole community becomes involved and the ugly signs are removed, houses are painted, gardens are made and trees are planted in the street. The birds return to the area bringing life and splashes of colour. The community has gradually transformed their suburb into a pleasant, living place. (7 - 11 years)
Appreciation, Cooperation, Creativity, Respect
Miss Nelson is Missing!
Allard, Harry. Houghton Mifflin, 1977.
Miss Nelson is the kind, undemanding teacher whose students take full advantage of her soft nature. For days she is absent and the students encounter a substitute who demands good behaviour, piles on the homework and is strictly business. Miss Nelson shows her skills in teaching the students a lesson and the students are thrilled with her return.

Perfect Pigs
Brown, Marc. An Introduction to Manners Little, Brown and Company, 1983.
A simple introduction to good manners to use with family, friends, at school, during meals, with pets, on the phone, during games, at parties and in public places.

The messy lot.
Brimner, Larry Dane. New York: Children's Press, c2001. When the Corner Kids decide to clean up a dump to make it a playground, Alex's bossy ways hamper their progress.

I Can Share With Others
Guntley, Jenette.
Kyle, Katheryn.

Lionni, Leo. Scholastic, 1989. two copies
Colourfully sponged or printed illustrations enhance the underwater story of a lone fish, which escaped a fierce, hungry tuna. Discovering all the beauties of the sea, Swimmy then teaches another school of fish he meets to swim together creating the illusion of a huge fish with Swimmy as the eye.

Lionni, Leo. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1967. two copies
All of the field mice are busily gathering supplies for the long winter ahead whilst Frederick appears to be a dreamer. As the cold winter progressed and supplies dwindled, the mice turned to Frederick to relieve their worries. Frederick graced the mice with his collected supplies of colours and words.

The Seven Chinese Brothers.
Mahy, Margaret. Scholastic, 1990.
Seven similar yet remarkable brothers each with a special power overcome the wicked attempts of the emperor, Ch’in Shih Huang to kill each of them simply because the Third Brother repaired the hole in the Great Wall of China in one day. The soft, detailed watercolour illustrations reflect the images created by the text.

Working Together
Martin, Elena

Anansi the Spider a tale from the Ashanti.
McDermott, Gerald. Henry Holt, 1972.
"The brief poetic text, complemented by geometric, African folk-style illustrations in pure, bold colours, provides a good introduction to this clever hero." School Library Journal review

The Little Red Hen.
McQueen, Lucinda. Scholastic, 1985. (two copies)
The hardworking little red hen resides with three lazy creatures, a cat, a dog and a goose. An important life lesson is clearly taught that if you don’t contribute to the task or work, you won’t reap the benefits.

Pitch In!
Nettleton, Pamela Hill.

Raatma, Lucia. Mankato, MN : Bridgestone Books, c2000. Explains the virtue of cooperation and how readers can practice it at home, in the community, and with each other.

Officer Buckle and Gloria.
Rathman, Peggy. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1995.
Officer Buckle and the new police dog, named Gloria work together as a team delivering safety tips to all the students at schools in Napville. After being videotaped and viewing himself and Gloria on television, Officer Buckle takes offence that no one really watches him and he refuses to deliver any more speeches. A huge accident occurs at Napville school and Officer Buckle is convinced Gloria and he are buddies that must stick together.

Riehecky, Janet.

A Light in the Attic.
Silverstein, Shel. Cape, 1981.
This amusing poem examines words with the letters ‘ations’ including the word cooperation.

The Enormous Turnip.
Slier, Debbie. Star Bright Books, 1998.
One of grandfather's turnips grows to such an enormous size that the whole family including the cat, dog and mouse try in vain to pull it up.

A Chair for my Mother.
Williams, Vera B.Greenwillow, 1982. (two copies)
A little girl tells the story of a fire that destroyed her home and how her mother, grandmother and her all save every little bit to buy a special chair for their home. Borders of each page complement and blend with the illustrations to add a sense of hominess and comfort in knowing that families work together for the benefit of all.

Seven Blind Mice.
Young, Ed. Philomel Books, 1992. (two copies)
Unable to discover individually what the ‘strange’ something is by the pond, the seventh blind mice determines that all the mice were correct but needed to see the whole before realizing the truth. The black background and choice of colour for each mouse strengthen the impact of the story through the illustrations.

Junior School
The Cay.
Taylor, Theodore. Avon Books, 1994.
“When the freighter they are travelling on is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on his head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage and love from his old companion.”

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