Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Benjamin Jay was a Bully

At last! Someone has written a book for little kids about bullying that doesn't just tell them to tattle.

Benjamin Jay was a Bully by Emma M. Glover is a great picture book about a bully who moves into a neighborhood and what the other birds do about him. Instead of fleeing in fear they take the advice of Miss Gray Dove to follow the Golden Rule and treat him as they would like to be treated. Benjamin does lots of mean things, but the other birds keep turning the other cheek until he gives up and becomes their friend.

KC Snider's illustrations are beautiful and accurate depictions of the various kinds of birds in the story so the book will help children learn to recognize the species while they enjoy the tale.

Besides offering a way to deal with a problem many kids face, Benjamin Jay was a Bully is a story children will appreciate.

For more information about how the techniques used by the characters in this book can actually work I suggest going to  Bullies2Buddies and downloading resources.

9 comments:

Susan Hornbach said...

Thanks Janet,sounds like another great read for kids.

Kai Strand said...

Sounds great! I don't think bullying will ever go away and I actually think it is really important for kids to learn how to deal with bullies.

Thanks for sharing your review, Janet.

Nancy Stewart said...

Such an important topic! More than ever, kids need a book like this. Congratulations!

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Penelope Anne Cole said...

Hi Jan, it sounds like a good book for kids to learn a way to deal with bullies. I was appalled to learn how much bullying goes on in schools. Schools are slowly developing programs to help, but some kids may leave school if they don't know what to do. Thanks for the resources. Best of luck to Emma Glover.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Some of the school programs try to eliminate bullying by getting kids to tattle, but I think turning the other cheek works better unless there's real violence involved.

Liam Maher said...

A nice work Emma. Sounds like it was written from the heart and therefore will impact on those that read it.

EmmaGlover said...

Thanks,Jan for the great review of Benjamin Jay Was a Bully. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thanks everyone for your kind and helpful comments. Bullying is a topic of concern for all of us.
Best wishes to all of you,
Emma Glover

Janet Ann Collins said...

You're welcome, Emma. I hope the book makes a difference for lots of kids.