|Publisher:||Sleeping Bear Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 2.00(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Jennifer Sattler’s expressive watercolors bring Sylvie and her sunny environment and creative outlook to life. This is Jennifer’s first picture book for Random House Children’s Books. She has taught painting and drawing and exhibited extensively, winning an NEA grant in 1996. She is now a full-time mom living in Greenfield, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
His name is Bully and he’s a bullfrog who wants the whole pond of lilies. There are others in the lily pond trying to be nice to the bullfrog, but he’s not having it. He tells them all to leave. Bullfrog then, has a great time in the pond all by himself. Days past and now, there is only one lily pad left and he just sits there by himself on that single lily pad. A bee noticed that only one lily pad remains and he talks to the bullfrog about it but the bullfrog doesn’t care what the bee has to say. The bee decides to go talk to the others about the bullfrog. Together, they get their lily pond back and the bullfrog well, he’s still a bully. I liked how everyone worked together to get something done with the bully and how they were trying to be nice to be bully, even though he was mean to them. I didn’t like how the bully continued to be a bully and didn’t really change at all in the book. He didn’t even take into consideration what happened. It was an okay read, a book to read with children and reflect upon.
Bully is a big green bullfrog who lives in a lily pond. In fact, there are lilies everywhere in this pond and Bully just loves splashing around in the water and enjoying the lilies. But so do many other creatures. Unfortunately, Bully doesn't like to share. Bully loves spending his days eating the lilies in the pond, enjoying their wonderful smell, and sitting on them! One day, while Bully is enjoying "his" lilies, a happy little snail comes along and starts eating one of the lilies. Bully was NOT happy because "...he wanted the lilies all to himself." Bully made it very clear that he wasn't about to share the lilies and he demanded that the snail leave the pond. Sadly, the snail left. Next a dragonfly flew to the pond to enjoy the fine smelling lilies. Bully would have none of that as he shouted, "Hey, you! Get out of my pond!" In fact, every animal that came to the pond was quickly told to leave by Bully. Once everybody left the pond, Bully was able to enjoy the lilies and he didn't have to share. But he ate so many of the lilies, and sat on so many, that soon, there was only one lily left. When a bee flies by, a bee that Bully had already told to leave, and sees what has happened to the lilies, he knows something must be done. But what? He soon comes up with a plan that will require the help of all the other animals Bully had chased from the pond. Would it work? Bully tackles the ever-present issue of bullying in a non-threatening way that young children will be able to relate to and use. Instead of confronting the Bully one-to-one, the author/illustrator, Jennifer Sattler, instead has her animals work together to confront the bully. This will give children an option of dealing with bullying that they may not have thought about before. On the last page is "A Note about Kindness" with ideas on how to treat others. Add in the sweet, expressive illustrations (love the eyes!) and this becomes an excellent resource to help deal with bullying. Quill says: Bully is a good story to teach both bullies and those who have been victimized by bullies how to work together to end the practice.