Rafa is a young boy who is an outsider in his town. He is picked on by bullies who live in his housing complex, but he hasn't told his mother or any family members of his troubles. One day, the bullies chase him into the forest. In the forest, he meets someone who gives Rafa a new perspective on his problems and helps him find the tools to solve his bully problem and others. This story can help kids who are bullied and kids who are having trouble empathizing with those who are different than they are.
|Publisher:||Robert Kade Baird|
|Product dimensions:||7.99(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Jess is a young artist still in her first year of college at the Australian National University. She has a large social presence on Instagram (@angryseagullnoises) where her daily pieces, sketches and drawings can be found.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This lovely watercolour picture book is more of an advice and discussion starter than a story. Rafa is being bullied. It may be because of his accent, skin color, or his clothing. He runs into the woods and takes refuge in the mist. The mist speaks to him and protects him. It tells Rafa to develop a plan to stop the bullies and to get support and protection from adults. Eventually Rafa is able to attend school safely and makes some friends. The author states that the bullies will regret what they have done. This is a point that is often overlooked in picture books and it opens the door to discussion with bullies. I’m not sure it’s always true but it may give pause to children who are feeling guilty about their participation in bullying. Most bullies who realize they’ve done wrong to others, deny it or play it down. The book does not actually give problem-solving tip for dealing with bullies but more encourages children to tell adults and seek support. I would have really liked something at the back of the book for children sand adults on bullying resolution strategies or a link to helpful sites available on the net. The author states that the bullies are scared of Rafa. While this may be true, it is not always true. There are genuinely children who enjoy hurting others for the power rush it gives them or the release of adrenaline or the increase in social status. That is why a single strategy does not work with every child in every situation. The first step in getting help is asking for it so this book would be useful in a classroom. Children are smart and sneaky when they are bullying and teachers may not be aware of what is really going on. This book might encourage a victim or a bystander to come forward and reveal acts of cruelty that have been hidden from the adults. The tone is hopeful and encouraging. However, because bullying is such a hot topic right now there are numerous books available on the subject. I wouldn’t recommend this as the only purchase but it could be useful as one of a set of books. It is a rather long text, suitable for children six years old and up.