Monday, October 7, 2013
Bully Bean byThomas and Peter Weck...Review & Giveaway!
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...
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