Each picture book in the Lima Bear Stories series delivers messages for children to help them handle everyday situations with siblings and friends, including tolerance, honesty, and courage. Basic characters, each with their own distinct personality, appear and reappear throughout the series, allowing children to get to know them and anticipate how they are likely to act in different situations. Extended learning and activity questions are included to allow parents and teachers to further encourage children to become involved in the concepts presented.
In the kingdom of Beandom, Bully Bean is feared. He plays mean tricks, makes fun of other beans, and puts them in danger. Lima Bear, the only bean with green fur who is always helping others, seems to be Bully Bean’s favorite bean to pick on. But what happens when Bully Bean is in danger? Will Lima Bear and his friends run away, or will they rescue him? Bully Bean expects the worst, but Lima Bear knows that treating others with kindness is the right thing to do, even though Bully Bean has bullied him for a long time. Lima Bear soon returns with a large group of friends to help rescue Bully Bean, who learns to use his large size to help with tasks in the Kingdom rather than be hurtful.
About the Author
Thomas Weck is a national award-winning author and coauthor of the Lima Bear Stories series of children’s books. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Peter Weck is a board member of the Menlo Park Library Foundation, the CEO of StoryJumper, and the coauthor of the Lima Bear Stories series. He lives in Atherton, California. Len DiSalvo is an animator and illustrator for a wide range of print projects and award-winning computer games. He teaches art illustration and animation at the Art Center Design College. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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Bully Bean is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
My daughter started pre-school last month. She was incredibly excited and couldn’t wait to start, but along with that excitement she had some fears. What if the kids don’t like me? What if they are mean to me? What if they take my things? Although she wasn’t sure of the word, what she really was worried about was being bullied. I was thrilled when Bully Bean appeared in my mailbox for review. It is another book in the Lima Bear Series. All the books in this series have an underlying theme of friendship, kindness and doing what is right (even when it might be hard). Each book is an independent story, but some of the characters, like our favourite Lima Bear, are reoccurring. Despite stating the obvious, Bully Bean is the story of a Bully living in the Kingdom of Beandom. He is a mean to everyone. He plays mean tricks and puts others in danger, no one wants to be his friend. He is most often found picking on the littlest bear in all of Beandom, Lima Bear. Lima Bear is always helping others, but when Bully Bean finds himself in danger, will Lima Bear find the courage to rescue him? This book was a great example for my daughter on how to recognize a bully and how we can react to him/her. We started to discuss why bullies act the way they do. Is it because of the things we do (or don’t do) to them? What would you do if you saw a friend being bullied? Are you a bully? As with all the other books from Lima Bear Press, this has extra learning materials in the back. One suggestion is that you take some time to learn about Pulley’s and invent your own machine. My budding inventor thought this was great! As a parent, I would suggest taking the time to read some of these suggestions. Aside from learning about bullies, this book can help you teach your child about so much more, like homophones, mnemonics and caves! Bully BeanThe book has little poems throughout that my daughter loves to read along with… “Oh, bad Bully Bean, What makes you so mean? Whenever you’re near, We all run in fear.” She loves to look at the pictures and tell her own story. There are little unexpected gems hidden in the pictures, like the little worm that my daughter named Sam. The artist took great care to show the expression on each little characters face. You could see their sadness and joy. We can’t wait to read more about the citizen’s of Beandom and their next adventure! Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my completely honest opinion above and may differ from yours.
how to handle a bully What is the best way to handle bullying? And how should the bully be treated? In the kingdom of Beandom, Bully Bear is the tallest and strongest bean. He likes to tease and torment the other beans, and when they see him they chant, “"Oh, bad Bully Bean, What makes you so mean? Whenever you're near. We all run in fear." He especially enjoys mistreating Lima Bear who is always kind and has green fur. One day Lima Bear is in the hidden cave where the beans go to escape Bully Bean, but Bully Bean secretly follows him in. When Bully starts to chase Lima, a loose rock falls on Bully Bean and traps him. What will Lima Bear and his friends do? Will they try to help, or will they just run away? News reports tell us that bullying is a serious problem in schools and neighborhoods for many children. The story of Bully Bean, which is Book #5 in the Lima Bear Stories, will help youngsters understand that treating others with kindness is always the right thing to do, even though someone may have bullied them for a long time. Unfortunately, not all bullies will respond as positively as Bully Bean does, but that is no reason to ignore the Bible’s advice, “Repay no one evil for evil…but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:17-21). In the back of the book, there are some extended learning questions and activities which parents and teachers can use in encouraging children to become more involved in the concepts presented. This is a well-written and nicely illustrated book that teaches children a very important lesson about applying the Golden Rule in life.