Lucy and the Bully

Lucy and the Bully

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by Clair Alexander, Claire Alexander
     
 

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Lucy is good at drawing and making things at school. But there's a bully at school, and he's very mean to Lucy. She can't tell anyone the bully rips her books and breaks her things, because he told her not to--or else! What can Lucy do?See more details below

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Lucy is good at drawing and making things at school. But there's a bully at school, and he's very mean to Lucy. She can't tell anyone the bully rips her books and breaks her things, because he told her not to--or else! What can Lucy do?

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Lucy, a lamb, draws so well that all of her classmates want her to make pictures for them-all except Tommy, a bull, who torments her by "accidentally" knocking over her paints, breaking her model blackbird, and threatening her if she tells on him. Lucy keeps her mouth shut, but her mother notices the ripped storybooks, broken pencils, and her child's increasingly sad expression. Finally, Lucy tells what happened and is horrified when her mother calls the teacher. But the next day, it's Tommy who is sad and chastened, and Lucy actually feels a bit sorry for him. When she sees him drawing "a very good porcupine," the jealousy behind his bullying comes out, and she asks him to draw one for her, setting the stage for his apology and a new friendship. This simple story puts bullying in kids' terms, showing a positive world in which the adults are in control; one wishes that all situations were handled so well. The animal characters are conveyed through bright colors and thick strokes, and their expressive faces garner empathy for bully and victim alike. Overall, an appealing story on a timely topic.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

Kirkus Reviews
Lucy, a primary grader, is good at art to the delight of all her classmates, except for Tommy. The little bull acts out by stomping on her model blackbird, ripping her storybook and breaking her pencils, each time threatening lamb Lucy with the classic "or else!" if she should tell. But after a week of bullying, Lucy can't conceal her misery from her mother, who promptly calls Ms. Goosie. "That night Lucy couldn't sleep. She was afraid of what would happen the next day." The acrylics are both bright and textured and have a lovely transparent quality, even when using bold color with soft black outlines, suiting the emotional tenor of the tale nicely. Readers never see the punishment meted out to Tommy, but his own unhappiness comes through to them and to Lucy, who extends a conciliatory trotter. As a model for resolution, this stands out; regrettably, bullying is not often resolved so easily. The foreword, by a staff therapist at Northwestern's Family Institute, provides tips for parents and teachers on using stories in bullying-prevention programs. (Picture book. 4-8)

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ISBN-13:
9780807547861
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
299,101
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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