Bully

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Book Information

Reader Personality Type
Publisher
Roaring Brook/Neal Porter 2013
Curriculum
Character-Building Curriculum

"We  must rise up to meet hatred with love."
--  Coretta Scott King, January, 1987
If  you fail to take in -- or to share -- the two-page spread that precedes
the  title page for BULLY, then you will have missed a truly essential part
of  this book.
In  that two-page spread that precedes the title page, an older, larger
bull is  making life miserable for a younger bull (GO AWAY!).  That  younger
bull will go on (after the title page) to be verbally hurtful to  everyone who
crosses his path.
We  humans are not born mean-spirited.  When we meet someone who is acting
in such a manner, it is the result of that  individual's circumstances.
This is why we want to have  compassion for those who act mean-spirited and
hard-hearted.
This  is not to say that we don't stand up against the behavior of those
who bully us, or who bully those around us.  It is to say that we  don't
match hate with hate.
Here,  the smaller bull (literally) grows larger and larger in stature
(like a  balloon being inflated for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade) as he
bullies  a succession of animals, beginning with a trio who has  actually
invited him to play.  There is an element of humor to this,  in that he is
calling a chicken "CHICKEN!", calling a pig "PIG!" and telling a  bee to "BUZZ
OFF!"
When,  in due course, the goat responds to the bullying by calling the bull
a  "BULLY!", the bull deflates (again, very much like a giant balloon),
expresses  remorse, and asks whether the animals want to play.  There is a
happy and  satisfying ending.
This  is a book that could well change a young life through the recognition
that we  need to stand firm against the behavior (bullying) but find
compassion for the  misguided perpetrator of that behavior.
The  textured paper upon which the entire book is created is really
gorgeous  stuff.

36 pages  978-1-59643-630-5   Ages  5-9

Recommended by:  Richie  Partington, MLIS, Librarian, California USA
Richie's Picks _http://richiespicks.com_ 

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