There was a recent study, and much ensuing press, about kids with food allergies being bullied by their peers. "Of those bullied, 57% described physical events, such as being touched by an allergen and having an allergen thrown or waved at them, and several reported intentional contamination of their food with allergen." What can I say about that? Of course as the mom of a kid with food allergies, I think it's awful, as is all bullying.
Many of you know how much I love Sylvan Dell's books; you can see a few of our raves about their books here, and here, and here. We were fortunate to receive a copy of a timely book about bullying this month; How the Moon Regained Her Shape. This book is Sylvan Dell's featured book for November, which means you can access the full text here on their website -- for today, at least!
In How the Moon Regained Her Shape, the sun bullies the moon. Where once the moon "danced across the sky, laughing as she twirled her skirts," after the sun's hurtful words, she stopped dancing, hung her head, and "her body began to shrink until she was just a sliver of her former self." Ultimately, the moon's friends help her to regain her self-confidence and return to her former self. The educational section in the back of the book features an essay by the author titled “How to Deal With Bullies," as well as information about the phases of the moon.
I would certainly recommend this book for any children having trouble with bullying. Honestly, the Bibliophile didn't care for it much. He made it all the way through, but then said that we should donate it to the library. He is young, though (just turned 3), and thankfully has no concept of what bullying means. The illustrations (and folktale-like text) are clearly Native American-influenced, which might also be of interest to particular readers. I think the applicability of the message here goes beyond just bullying, to any situation which dampers a child's spirit (trying to fit in with new friends or at a new school, worrying what people think of them, or general self-confidence issues, for instance).
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