Lucy and the Bully
is our favorite 'bully book' for young children. The characters are
endearing, the illustrations are adorable, and the storyline covers
what is sadly an all-too-familiar occurance: a child who is being
bullied but is afraid to tell a parent or teacher.
In the story, Lucy loves school, especially art class. She's
the best artist in the
class and all of the children agree. But when a mean fellow classmate
starts bullying her, Lucy doesn't know what to do. He tells her that
better not tell on him, and she doesn't...for days. Finally, she can't
keep her sadness inside and tells her mother, who calls the school.
frightened and can't sleep that night, but the next day at school,
things are better. Tommy's mom is there, and soon Tommy is apologizing
to Lucy. He even seems like he means it, and soon Lucy begins
to see Tommy in a new light, realizing that his bullying actions were
probably because he was jealous of her artistic talents.
"There are lots of books about bullies, but this one
is especially thoughtful." (Booklist,
starred review) We agree. Students will empathize with Lucy when she is
being bullied and when she is afraid to tell. In fact, the story and
the illustrations will "garner empathy for bully and victim
(SLJ) And, Lucy's final act of friendship
toward Tommy is a powerful
lesson in forgiveness and understanding.
While it's true that bullying situations are not often resolved as
easily as this one is, this book is "a great discussion-starter for the
playground set." (Booklist)
is a sample spread from inside this book. This probably wasn't the best
spread to select if we wanted to provide something that is
representative of the overall illustrations (ie: none of the characters
are depicted or the setting...) but it's just so cute we couldn't help
ourselves. This spread depicts the clay models that the students have
made during their art class. As you can see, Lucy, the star artist,
clearly has the most spectacular of the bunch.