Lucy and the Bully by Claire Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is typically bright and colourful and interesting for children, dealing with the hot topic of bullying and how it affects the victim. What I appreciated most about this book is that it also dealt with how the bully feels, too, which is something I think is overlooked in this topic. I do not condone the actions of a bully, but I believe that merely punishing and alienating them serves no purpose but to make them worse. What makes them a bully? How can the cycle be broken?
In this book, once Tommy, the bully in question, is punished for his actions and Lucy no longer fears him, she starts to notice how sad and lonely he is and approaches him. In the end, he apologizes, and she forgives him and they become friends.
While the book didn't specify why Tommy was mean to Lucy, the girls and I were able to go back through it, discuss and infer possible reasons. In fact, this book inspired a lot of discussion about bullying, without feeling too contrived or preachy.
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