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Llama Llama and the Bully Goat Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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Bullying is a hot topic now, as it should be. A book such as Llama Llama and the Bully Goat is a good one. I'm a little wary of some of the anti-bullying messages out there, especially to younger kids. I think there is a distinct difference between being bullied and being picked on. I am not condoning kids picking on each other and I do believe that, if not addressed, children who pick on other children may become bullies. But, I also believe that there needs to be a difference in how kids are taught to deal with these situations. In the case of bullying, kids need to get adults involved. However, I believe that children need to learn how to stand up for themselves when it comes to being picked on. I know everyone will not agree with me on this. But, hey, I spent a week earlier this summer with 27 kids who came to me every single time someone sat in their chair because they were taught to always go to an adult. It was a very, very long week.
But, back to the book....Dewdney does a good job walking this line. She doesn't portray the Bully Goat in a way that scares children, but even young kids will be able to recognize that his behavior is not okay. And she has Llama Llama and Nelly Gnu stand up to the Bully Goat before going to the teacher, which is a very important lesson!
The later Llama Llama books have become more and more instructional, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I know that the seeds of bullying can be found in preschool classrooms, to Llama Llama and the Bully Goat may be just the book to pull out for a young child who is having trouble with a classmate.
This was by far the one that stuck in his head the most with a very clear message on how hitting others makes them feel. He even told me that he didn't want to be a bully goat and that he would stop and think before he used his hands to hurt someone else. The pushing stopped.
Of course, this isn't going to be the rule for everyone, but this is a cute book with a clear message that really helped us out. To be fair, this book really isn't about bullying as the Bully goat has one bad day at school where he is a jerk and mean to the other kids. Bullying to me is more than a bad day that gets magically resolved by one teacher and a stern talking to, but the book still has value.
Llama, Llama loves to go to school due to all interesting activities which are done there – counting, drawing, singing, and writing. On the other hand, Gilroy Goat thinks that everything what is done there is not interesting and doesn’t want to join in.
When Gilroy will say something bad to Llama he’ll get in trouble, but that won’t be enough for Bully Goat because he will continue to tease, push, throw toys and do other bullying actions.
But Llama and Nelly will do the right thing complaining to teacher who will be able to teach Goat a lesson and resolve this unpleasant situation…
For many children painful bullying issue is presented in the form of a simple picture book delivering a strong message that children shouldn’t suffer the humiliation of their peers or anyone teasing them, but instead must seek help from teachers or family.
Children often don’t turn for help when these things begin to happen, when problems might be easier to solve, but instead wait for problem to escalate when it’s much harder to address and lot of precious time is lost in which the child is unhappy.
Therefore it’s important to start children education as early as possible, in order to even small children accept that message and won’t be afraid to ask for help
This children book is beautifully written in rhyme and its nicely drawn illustrations are made in warm style in the technique of oil paint so it’s very easy and pleasant to read.
These are all reasons why this beautifully written and illustrated picture book with important lesson may be recommended to all young readers and their parents to start talking about this problem before it happens.
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This book deals well with a touchy topic, both for the offender and the victim.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
We LOVE the Llama Llama books! Super cute stories. The kids ask for this one pretty often. Good lesson, and we love the rhymes. i recommend ALL of the Llama books!Published 15 days ago by WittyMama
My son and I love love love these books are great our favorite is llama llama red pajamaPublished 20 days ago by Lisa Kay Hojnowski
Our child loves it! Such a great way to explain on how to deal with bullying!Published 2 months ago by KC
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!! This book offers a great lesson on bullying in a fun and entertaining way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HappiDada & Family
I've had a great experience with LLama books.. really great talking points to discuss different issues during different stages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KarenSuperMom
This book creatively tackles the topic of bullies in a classroom setting in a way in which small children can understand. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. M. Keefer
Another hit by Anna Dewdney! This time, she focuses on a new character, Gilroy Goat, and his interactions with our hero, Llama, and his buddy Nelly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rachel Lange