Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully: A Review

Author: Audrey Penn
Illustrator: Barbara K. Gibson
Publisher: Tanglewood

My Thoughts:

This is a beautifully illustrated 32-page picture book that shares one example of how children (in this case raccoons) find the courage and strength to handle a bullying situation. Bullying is a problem in many schools and can take many forms that can have an everlasting impression that can devastate a child. The moral of this story is to find the goodness in someone (mainly the bully) and to offer them something they may need.

This is definitely not the answer for all bullying! Absolutely not. Some cases definitely require a harsher approach (coming from the mom of six). But if you have youngster just beginning school (I have a new Kindergardener this fall) I think this book is a terrific way to introduce the problem of bullying. This great book will open up a dialogue between parent and child that can be very beneficial. I will definitely be reading this with my youngest several times before school begins in two weeks. I will also explain how important it is to confide in an adult.

I highly recommend Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully!

Publishers Synopsis: In this latest addition to the Kissing Hand book collection, Chester Raccoon must learn to deal with another common problem of childhood: a bully at school.

When Mrs. Raccoon learns that there is a bully problem at school, she decides to investigate the situation. But after seeing the bully for herself, she shares a story about a forest that was full of smooth yellow stones, and how the animals living there changed a pointy stone they found into a smooth stone so that it wouldn't hurt any tender paws.

Chester, Ronny, and Cassy follow the spirit of Mrs. Raccoon's story when they next encounter the Bully. Approaching him as a group, they invite him toplay, proving that the best way to get rid of an enemy is to make him or her a friend.

This book encourages children to understand that many child bullies are themselves unhappy and gives readers a good example of settling differences by peaceful means. Educators will embrace this story about a positive strategy for dealing with a bully.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this e-galley for review purposes, free of charge, from Tanglewood Publishing via NetGalley. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. This Review is my true and honest opinion.