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Not Fat Because I Wanna Be by [Bailey, LaNiyah L., White, LaToya M.]
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It is the wonderful tale of a 6-year old girl who is refusing to let bullies control her life. It is a must-read for any classroom. What a brave, young girl!

Props to little LaNiyah and especially her parents who took a positive and proactive stand to support their daughter to write a book no less. Go LaNiyah!!!

I can identify with LaNiyah's story so, so much. And I hope her book helps to inspire other kids who are experiencing this particular pain, and lets other kids know that bullying is NEVER OK!

Hopefully her book can provide insight and comfort to kids who aren't so lucky.

Well done LaNiyah!! --afro-e­­m

From the Author

This book is dedicated to kids like me that have been bullied or teased because they look different.
Thank you to my mommy (LaToya M. White) my daddy (Songo K. Bailey), my family, friends, and all the people who will read my book.
"Always remember that you are beautiful no matter what someone tells you, we're all different in our own special way."


Product Details

  • File Size: 154 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bright Girl Publishing, Inc (March 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UC5CLG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Young author LaNiyah Bailey writes a very moving story. In a courageous manner she addresses the issues of bullying and childhood obesity. She is an overweight child and both kids and adults at her school tease her about her weight. She learns the hard way that the saying "Sticks and Stones..." is not true.

LaNiyah is afflicted with a medical condition that causes her weight to be elevated. She eats healthy foods and despite this she is bloated. She sees a doctor who does tests and xrays. He is able to help her. As she explains this to the other children, they slowly begin to accept her for who she is, not what she looks like. An important lesson for all of us.

LaNiyah is a beautiful and courageous child. To utilize her pain and suffering and create such a wonderful educational tool is an act to be commended.

LaNiyah writes a pledge at the end of the book, I think it is important enough to copy here:
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Jessica is a young girl who is what the kids call "different." Can you guess why? One day, she is watching television with her mom. They see the President's wife, Michelle Obama, who says that if kids eat healthy they won't get obese. That makes Jessica sad because she eats healthy food but she's still overweight. She has a medical condition which is causing her problem. At preschool, the other kids tease her about being fat. Even some of her teachers poke fun. One said, "Guess you have French fries every night for dinner." Her mom and dad try to encourage her by reminding her that everyone is special and that she needs to value what's on the inside of her while ignoring what she can't change on the outside. Will Jessica learn how to handle the taunting and bullying? Will the other kids ever change their attitudes towards her? And will that new doctor be able to do anything to help?
Author LaNiyah Bailey is a six-year-old Kindergarten student who, due to various medical problems, has had to deal with being made fun of because she's "different" and doesn't look "normal," just like the fictional Jessica. However, with the love and support of her family, she has overcome many obstacles and wants to share her story to let the world know that words can hurt and that people should look beyond what shows on the outside to see the true worth of those who may look different. This is a wonderful accomplishment for LaNiyah and a great reminder to both kids and adults not to judge others based on how they look. LaNiyah's pledge is, "I am beautiful. I am loved. I will not let what others say define me. Bullying is not cool!!!
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Six-year-old LaNiyah is tired of being picked on by her classmates just because she's different. Even though she eats a healthy diet, she's still a big girl. She doesn't know why until her new doctor runs some tests. With the love and support of her family, LaNiyah is able to share her story with her classmates, so they understand the "inside her."

Not Fat Because I Wanna Be is a truly inspiring story that captures the importance of family love and support in tackling the issue of bullying and helping bullied kids to feel good about themselves. Six-year-old Bailey tells her story in the first person, which helps the reader connect with her and feel the emotions she feels as the book moves along. Your heart aches when you read the names she is called; just as much as it leaps for joy when her new doctor helps her understand what is going on with her body. You cheer for her when she courageously answers a mean classmate who asks why she is so fat. And you can't help but smile when the same girl becomes her best friend.

The artwork is provided by Laura Perez Ricaud. She did a superb job in telling LaNiyah's story in a visual way. From the cover to the very last page, her illustrations will captivate young readers and encourage questions and discussion points.

Not Fat Because I Wanna Be by LaNiyah Bailey needs to be in all our elementary schools and shared often. This book can help parents and educators open the door for discussions on tolerance and diversity. I highly recommend Not Fat Because I Wanna Be!
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Not Fat Because I Wanna Be is written by six-year- old LaNiyah Bailey, and the story is based on her own life. The main character Jessica is made fun of by her preschool classmates because of her size. She wonders "Why Did God give me this big tummy and bow legs?" This is a big question for a girl to ponder with at such a young age. The name-calling at preschool gets worse and Jessica begins hiding in the bathroom. Even some of the teachers poke fun at her. Then one day, Jessica visited her new doctor, Dr. Middens. After a few tests, Jessica learns that her colon was swollen and that she would have to take a special medicine to make her better.

Writing a book at the age of six is a major accomplishment, especially with such a meaningful message for children and adults. The old saying `Stick and Stones may break my bone, but words can never hurt me," is completely false, and both children and adults should know this. Not Fat Because I Wanna Be is a wonderful debut picture books that I recommend for readers of all ages.
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