A great book on the topic of bullying which most children face sometime during their school years.
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The Backpack Bears' Adventure: No Bullies Allowed
By Sheila K. Nelson
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2010 Sheila K. Nelson
All right reserved.
Chapter OneHailey glanced out her bedroom window. Today was the day her new neighbors would be moving into the house across the street. Would they have children? Hailey sure did hope there would be someone who would become her friend. She had been lonely these last few months since her best friend had moved. She looked down at her pink bear Pinky. "Let's keep our fingers crossed Pinky. We may soon have a new friend to play with." Yes there was the moving van. She watched as the family got out of the car. There was a boy who appeared to be about her age. Then, just as magically as before, Pinky looked up at Hailey and said, "You should go meet him and introduce yourself. It's always fun to make new friends."
The next afternoon Mother baked a tray of cookies for the new neighbors as a welcoming gift. Mother was always good to greet and welcome new people into the neighborhood. Hailey held her mother's hand as they walked across the street toward the front door of their new neighbor's house. Hailey could see the little boy peeking through the curtains of the front window. He seemed to be a little shy, but she was sure it wouldn't be long before they would be the best of friends.
When the door opened, Hailey turned to the little boy. "Hi. My name is Hailey. What is your name?" He smiled and said "My name is Storm." "That's different," Hailey said. "But I like it." "What class are you going to be in?" Hailey asked. "Mrs. Dooney's class," he replied. "Good you will be in my class," Hailey said excitedly.
The next day at school everything seemed to be going well. That was until the bell rang for recess. Hailey and Storm were having a good time swinging together until she heard the familiar voice of Andrew. "Well look here. We've got a new kid on the playground." Hailey turned to Storm and said, "BEWARE! That's Andrew, the school bully." Trying to be nice, as Hailey always was, she turned to Andrew and introduced her new friend Storm. Snarling his nose, Andrew looked at Storm and said, "STORM?? What kind of name is Storm? That's not a normal name. That's abnormal. That's it, I'm going to call you 'Abnormy Stormy'." Pleased with himself, Andrew turned around laughing and repeated the new name for Storm over and over. "Abnormy Stormy, Abnormy Stormy."
Every day at recess, Storm had to hear the taunting of Andrew and his friends. "Look, there's Abnormy Stormy."
Close to tears, Storm told Hailey, "If they only knew the meaning behind my name, they wouldn't think it was so abnormal." Feeling sorry for her friend, Hailey gave Storm a hug. "Don't let them bother you. Andrew used to call me four eyes when I first got my new glasses. They should live by the golden rule and treat others like they want to be treated."
After recess, Mrs. Dooney announced, "Class, tomorrow we will have a very special guest in honor of Veteran's day. He is a marine who has fought in the war and served our country to keep us safe."
The next day Sergeant Christopher Market came to class and told of how he served in the Marines and showed the children all of his medals that he earned. "I was so proud to have served our country during Desert Storm that I named my son after my service. Today my son is in your class and his name is Storm." "Storm has been very brave, too. Since I am in the Marines, we have had to move a lot. He has had to make new friends wherever we go. I call him my little Marine because he is brave and watches over his mother when I am away from home."
"I would like to present this gift to Storm for being so brave." Sergeant Market reached into his duffle bag and pulled out a green camouflage bear with a military hat and flag. "I present to you Camo. Take care of him and he will be your friend." All of the kids, including Andrew, were so excited about meeting a real sergeant and seeing all his medals. They were also excited about the bear.
After class, Storm saw Andrew walking towards him. "Oh no," he said to himself. "I guess I'm still Abnormy Stormy." Andrew walked up to Storm and said, "Storm I'm sorry for calling you Abnormy Stormy. I wish that I had a name like yours. I hope that we can be friends."
After school, Hailey sat in the kitchen telling her mother and Pinky all about her day at school when she heard a knock at the door. Grabbing Pinky off of the table she opened the door and was surprised to see Storm holding a beautifully wrapped pink box. "I have a gift for you Hailey. Even when the other kids made fun of me because of my name you were always my friend. I hope you like it."
Excerpted from The Backpack Bears' Adventure: No Bullies Allowed by Sheila K. Nelson Copyright © 2010 by Sheila K. Nelson. Excerpted by permission.
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