I've known about Howard B. Wigglebottom books for a while now – the books are by a group of writers, artists, designers, parents, educators, therapists & teachers that are all part of the We Do Listen Foundation. All the books are educational, entertaining & what I love the most is that each book comes with resources, posters, questions & songs that go along with the book. I reached out when I noticed they had a Book about Bullying. This is a topic that I am SO passionate about & am more than willing to get the word out by all means. With so many sad stories running through the papers & news about kids these days getting bullied to the point where they feel like they have no choice but to end their lives is sickening, sad & it makes me scared to think of the generation that my son is growing up in. Bullying is at another level than anything we've ever experienced & it has to STOP!
Howard B. Wigglebottom learns about Bullies is about Howard & how scared he is every single day of going to school where he is getting bullied by the Snorton Twins. In his mind, he knows he should "Be brave, be bold" & tell a teacher but he's scared of being called a tattletale, a snitch & of getting further bullied. By the end of the week, Howard knows what the right thing to do is & eventually tells a teacher.
I was watching Adrian's reaction carefully & every time the Snorton Twins did something to Howard, he would look at me with a surprised face. I went to the We Do Listen website & saw they actually had a Animated version of the book & played it for Adrian & then asked him the discussion questions – to my surprise, Adrian actually answered them all correctly. I was surprised because I didn't think he was old enough to understand (he's about to be 4) but I was wrong & am so happy to teach him about it & more than happy to know that he's actually interested in learning about it.
I actually read the Lessons, Reflections & the ideas & think this would be perfect if all schools actually did the following:
• Create a bully box so children can leave an anonymous note about bullies.
• Have a telephone number where a child can leave a message about bullies.
• Choose a super kid of the week. Ask the child to fill in the blanks on a piece of paper.
“Did you notice anyone being bullied this week?” “Did you bully anyone this week?”
I am so happy to see so many PSAs about Bullying lately. Kids respond well when they see their favorite athlete or TV star & if more people got involved, the better. We need to let kids know that bullying is NOT OKAY. That there IS someone who is willing to help & to not give up on telling anyone & everyone until someone listens & helps them. Trying to stop bullying by becoming a bully? NEVER the answer!
Adrian would say "Be brave, be bold, a teacher must be told!" every time Howard said it. He loves this book & says he never wants to be like the Snorton Twins! This isn't the first time I've talked to Adrian about bullying but it has definitely been such a HUGE help. If you can, talk to your kids about bullying & encourage them to do the right thing if they are ever bullied or ever see someone else being bullied. This is one important lesson we should all be teaching! If you'd like to learn more about Bullying & how you can help to stop it, be sure to check out their resources page & be sure to check out the Animated version of Howard B. Wigglebottom learns about Bullies.
Disclosure: I was sent item for review purposes. However, all opinions stated are my own!
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