A Big Beaked, Big Bellied Bird Named Bill

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"This book will help show your child the importance of choosing good-hearted friends and not paying any mind to bullies."—Dr. Laura Schlessinger

When Bill, the big beaked, big bellied bird, tries to make friends in Bird Bluff, the Bad Bird Bunch shun him. Bill learns that even though his new friends DJ Dog, Brendon Mouse, Bartholomew Worm, and Bob Cat don't look or act like him, they become his best friends and help him stand up to the bad bird bullies and a big, hungry ...

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Overview

"This book will help show your child the importance of choosing good-hearted friends and not paying any mind to bullies."—Dr. Laura Schlessinger

When Bill, the big beaked, big bellied bird, tries to make friends in Bird Bluff, the Bad Bird Bunch shun him. Bill learns that even though his new friends DJ Dog, Brendon Mouse, Bartholomew Worm, and Bob Cat don't look or act like him, they become his best friends and help him stand up to the bad bird bullies and a big, hungry alligator.

Through engaging text, the author drives home the messages of diversity, individuality, acceptance, and friendship. The captivating characters in the Bad Bird Bunch show us the real problems that children confront, such as low self-esteem and bullying. The lively, colorful illustrations are as much fun as the dialog, as all the ingredients of this book create the perfect combination to inspire kids to read and learn about interacting with their friends.

Greg Watkins is a successful writer and speaker and has written numerous articles to teach children about bullying, forgiveness, and friendship. He loves entertaining and teaching children as a part of the Authors in Schools program and is involved in fundraising projects such as the "Mustard Seed Communities," a charity for abused and abandoned children. He lives in Roswell, Georgia.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Quinby Frank
Big Beaked, Big Bellied Bill is new to Bird Bluff and wants to make friends, but the only birds he meets led by Big Bully Bird are mean and reject him. When he runs away from them he meets Bartholomew Worm, DJ Dog, Bob Cat, and Brendon Mouse who accept him as a friend and even save him from a bird-eating alligator. Bill is surprised that although these animals are all different they can still be friends. The variety of garishly-colored cartoonish characters with silly expressions might appeal to young children, and the repetition of the letter "b" provides some humor and phonics practice, but the heavy-handed moral messages about kindness and diversity are preachy and weigh the book down. Bill's adventures will continue in Book Two.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804418
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Big Bill and Buddies Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Watkins has given numerous presentations and has written articles in various publications to teach children about bullying, forgiveness, and friendship. The father of four and the youngest of eight children, he draws on his personal experiences to write his Big Bill and Buddies series. Watkins loves entertaining and teaching children as a part of the Authors in Schools program and is involved in fundraising projects such as the"Mustard Seed Communities," a charity for abused and abandoned children. A former Marine, Watkins served during the Vietnam era and then earned his bachelor's degree from Kendal College of Art and Design. He lives in Roswell, Georgia.

Greg Watkins has given numerous presentations and has written articles in various publications to teach children about bullying, forgiveness, and friendship. The father of four and the youngest of eight children, he draws on his personal experiences to write his Big Bill and Buddies series. Watkins loves entertaining and teaching children as a part of the Authors in Schools program and is involved in fundraising projects such as the"Mustard Seed Communities," a charity for abused and abandoned children. A former Marine, Watkins served during the Vietnam era and then earned his bachelor's degree from Kendal College of Art and Design. He lives in Roswell, Georgia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    Best Childrens Picture Book

    This was a great book to share with our students, 3rd and 4th graders they loved the message and the adorable charecters in this story. It is good to see an Author teaching important life lessons for our children. I would recomend this book!

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