Monday, October 7, 2013

Bully Bean byThomas and Peter Weck...Review & Giveaway!

Did you know October is Bullying Awareness Month?  We here at Reviewed by Mom feel very strongly about putting a stop to bullying and I am always happy to hear about new books/movies/materials coming out that tackle this tough topic.  When I heard Thomas Weck and Peter Weck were releasing a book called Bully Bean I was delighted and could not wait to read it.    Here is the scoop on the latest in the Lima Bear Stories...

In the kingdom of Beandom, Bully Bean is feared. He plays mean tricks, makes fun of other beans, and puts them in danger. Lima Bear, the only bean with green fur who is always helping others, seems to be Bully Bean’s favorite bean to pick on. But what happens when Bully Bean is in danger? Will Lima Bear and his friends run away, or will they rescue him? Bully Bean expects the worst, but Lima Bear knows that treating others with kindness is the right thing to do, even though Bully Bean has bullied him for a long time. Lima Bear soon returns with a large group of friends to help rescue Bully Bean, who learns to use his large size to help with tasks in the Kingdom rather than be hurtful.

Let me start by talking about the Lima  Bean series.  I was first introduced to the series in May of 2011 when I reviewed the book The Megasaurus (read my full review HERE).  I said it back then and I will say it again, I was a little apprehensive about a story about bean shaped bears.  Would they be characters the children could relate to?  Would the premise of bean shaped bears be too silly to get the positive messages across?  Well readers, I am happy to report that my apprehension was entirely unwarranted and the entire Lima Bear series is among the most requested in our home.  First the twins and now Little R love to hear about these resourceful creatures and Bully Bean is a fantastic addition to our beloved series.

Bully Bean tackles the topic of bullying in a way children can understand and relate to.  Bully Bean teases, is mean spirited and particularly likes to pick on Lima Bear because he is kind and easy to spot with his green fur.  Sadly, I think it is a scenario that most children can relate to in one way or another.   After each instance of bullying displayed in the book, the authors show Lima Bear's friends helping him and saying "Oh, bad Bully Bean, what makes you so mean?  Whenever you're near, we all run in fear".  One day, when Bully Bean is chasing and tormenting Lima Bear he manages to get himself stuck in a tough spot.  After running to safety himself, Lima Bear choose to gather his friends to help to save Bully Bean.  Once saved, Bully Bean asks why Lima Bear worked so hard to save him when he had been so mean to him.  Lima Bear replies with my favorite line of the book "Because you're a bean, I had to rescue you".  I love this.  Human/animal/bean, it really doesn't matter, Lima Bear sums it up perfectly....you are one of us so there was nothing to think about.  Helping is the RIGHT thing to do!  What follows is a lovely transformation of Bully Bean to Biggest Bean where he realizes his size and strength can be put to good and helpful uses.  And of course he  never bullies again.

As you can see, I am a fan of this book.  I like the way Thomas and Peter Weck handle the bullying topic.  I really loved the fact that in each bullying scenario that Lima Bear's friends are there to help him.  I also liked the moment of the story when Lima Bear chooses to help Bully Bean despite his past treatment of him and others.  This book is one children can learn from.  Lima Bear has a lovely lesson to share about the power of forgiveness and second chances.  Share this with your little ones today and start talking about bullying.  Open lines of communication and the tools to handle sticky situations can go a long way into stopping bullying!  Pick up your copy today...



 I am so pleased to tell you that the publisher is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of Bully Bean. Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

50 comments:

momo said...

I would like to read this good book to my grandson.

Anita Yancey said...

I would like to share it with my daughter. Thanks for having the giveaway.
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sweepmom said...

I would share it with my nephew.

tatertot374 said...

I would share it with my daughter. thank you!

Megan Parsons said...

I want to win this for my daughter and son!

Julie Waldron said...

I would share it with my daughters'.

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Emi Pearce said...

I would share this with my daughters.

Nancy said...

I'd share this with our family.

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Deanna Watson said...

I want to share this with my twin nephews.
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Shelley P said...

I'd love to share this book with my kids.

Danielle Lima said...

with my daughter and nieces

Jacquelyn Cannon said...

My grandson would love this book.
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Laurie Nykaza said...

my nieces would love it

OmahaCouponClipper said...

My kids and my daycare kids!

Linda said...

I would like to share it with my grandson
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amanda whitley said...

id like to share this with my kids

Holly said...

I would love to share it with the children I work with!

Sara Filler said...

I would like to share this with my own 2 children as well as my 22 kindergarten kids in my class

Gayle S said...

I would like to share this book with my grandchildren when they come to visit.

Kendra Gillilan said...

Friends children!
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Kirby said...

My son would love this!!

brandy davis said...

My baby boy.

It's Me De said...

I would like to share it with my daughters

crystal smith said...

I'd like to share this with my sons...now that they are both in school this year bullying is something I want them to be aware.

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Daniel M said...

for my nephew! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Heather said...

I would love to read it with my son and then pass it on the my kids elementary school!

Jeremy said...

I would share the book with my sons.

Jessica Wyatt said...

I would be sharing this book with my 18 month old!

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this to Josie!

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tracey said...

my son

Beth Klocinski said...

I hoping to share with my cousin's kids

trichie said...

my niece

Lisa Pecora said...

I want this for my niece.

carlaboo11 said...

I want to share with my children

Diana said...

I would love to read with my granddaughters

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Jennifer Q. said...

I would read this with my son

cindiizzy said...

I will be reading it to my son but then donating it to a classroom. I am on the Bully intervention Team for the school and this would make a great addition for the teachers reading.

brendaelsner said...

I would love to share this with my son.

Megan Nelson said...

i would read it to my daughter! :)

Christian Alejandro said...

This would be great to share with my nephews. lexbaylor27 at gmail dot com

candykitn said...

I would like to share this book with my grandaughter

skater425 said...

I would like to share this with my niece.

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Jennifer Robbins said...

I hope to share this book with my future children.

Susan Smoaks said...

i would love to share this with our children
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Janice Crespo said...

I'm going to share this with my grandson

blew415 said...

my oldest nephew

Mihaela Day said...

I would share it with my daughter :)

Melanie said...

I would love to share it with my daughter, Kinsley.

Gianna said...

My kids.