Monday, May 23, 2011

Jungle Bullies by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen

Lexile    Not rated          Pages    32          Ages     4 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 111361 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Elephant wants to swim in the pond so he chases Hippo away. Hippo makes Lion get off of the path so he can pass by. Then Lion chases Leopard out of his favorite napping spot. Leopard goes up in a tree only to find Monkey there, so he chases Monkey away. Monkey goes to his mother and she tells him he needs to stand up for himself and tell Leopard there is room enough for both of them in the tree. Monkey is afraid so Mother Monkey offers to go with him. Together, they go to Leopard, telling him "Don't you tell me what to do, this tree's big enough for two. Share it with me as a friend, don't be mean to me again." When Leopard is confronted he agrees to share the tree. Then he starts thinking and asks Monkey to go with him to confront Lion. This scenario repeats up the chain until all of the animals are playing together and having a good time in the pond.

Jungle Bullies is a non-threatening introduction to the subject of bullying for young children. I like that it shows that bullying can be confronted without anger or being mean. It illustrates how meanness breeds more meanness, the larger animals picking on smaller ones who then find someone smaller than they are to take out their anger and that bullies often back down when confronted. I also like how in the end all of the animals are playing together, sharing the pond and having a good time.

I love the illustrations in Jungle Bullies! The animals are cute but also convey the meanness when they are bullying someone smaller than they are.

Jungle Bullies can be found at the Lake County Public Library, or you can click here to reserve a copy for pick-up at the circulation desk at your favorite branch.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

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