Sunday, April 27, 2014
Book Review: Bully--A Lift the Flap Book #book #bullying
Bully. We hear so much these days about bullying. Some people like to say that bullying has always existed and people just make too much of an issue about it these days. While I agree that it has always existed, I think it is very different today than when I was a kid. First off, social media was non-existent when I was a kid. With the rise of social media, bullying becomes much larger. In the past, someone may call you a name and a couple people might hear about it. Today, someone may post something and immediately, hundreds or more will see it and also have the opportunity to respond. And for some reason, people are more brass when sitting behind a keyboard than when face-to-face.
Another way bullying has changed is in the face of the victim. I think today that children have so many more stressors than in the past. With more than 50% of marriages failing, that means millions of kids are from broken homes, and may already be feeling a bit broken themselves. Mix in a dash of bullying and the impact can be greater than in a kid from a healthy, two-parent home. (Please don't take offense, not all kids from divorce homes are affected in this way--just giving an example.) There is also greater stress at an early age to perform well in school or to do well in sports.
So, in my opinion, I think we don't address the issue of bullying enough. Kids need to learn who the bully is and effective skills in dealing with the bully. The lift-the-flap book Bully is a perfect book for younger kids to learn about the types of bullying and what they can do if they are bullied. The lift-the-flaps with fun pictures makes this a great book to engage the younger reader on such an important topic. Readers will learn who the bully is--I will give you a hint--not just some mean, tough guy. Readers will also learn how a victim thinks. Most importantly, readers will learn they are not alone and what they can do if they are bullied. The last pages include a bully diary. At first, I was confused about the bully diary as it could encourage children to focus on ways they are mistreated. On the flip side, maybe children would write about it when they feel they can't talk about it and this way, an adult could become aware of the situation.
Overall, I like this book and may even use it in classroom presentations on bullying in the future.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review. As always, this review contains my honest opinion.