Today, I’m happy to share a brand new book published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Chick-O-Saurus Rex by Lenore and Daniel Jennewein tackles a very common problem for kids- bullying.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of Chick-O-Saurus Rex to review during the book’s blog tour. All opinions expressed are my own!
Most kids have probably witnessed a bully or have been bullied themselves. As an elementary administrator, bullying was a serious issue that I had to deal with on many occasions. One thing that I learned through my experiences is that we have to help the person doing the bullying as well as the person being bullied. Empowering children to feel confident, brave and strong are all qualities that can help to deter bullies.
Chick-O-Saurus Rex is about a little chick who is smaller than the other animals. He wants to play in the tree house but bullies block the entrance and tease him. Little chick sets off with his family to discover the strength of his ancestors which in turn gives him the confidence to feel strong and mighty. With his new-found strength, he returns to the bullies and stands up to them. The powerful message is balanced with silly cartoon illustrations which help to appeal to a younger audience.
The story is a great springboard into a conversation about a very serious problem. I would recommend it to teachers as well as parents who need to help their child stand up to bullies.
If you are interested in more books about empowering your children, check out my post on promoting good behavior. Also, A Year of Many Firsts has a list of 10 anti-bullying books. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy is a favorite of mine on her list.
Do you have advice for dealing with bullies? Please share your ideas below in the comments.
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