Lucy and the Bully
, written and illustrated by Claire Alexander, is the story of a little lamb named Lucy who is one of the most talented artists in her class. She is very kind and well-liked, except by Tommy, who is a bull. Tommy spills paint on her drawings, breaks her clay model, and rips her storybook. Each day Lucy comes home, sadder than the day before, but she is afraid to tell her mother what is going on with Tommy at school. Finally, Lucy breaks down and confesses to her mother what she has been experiencing. She is afraid of what will happen, but her mother calls their teacher, Ms. Goosie, to explain what Lucy has been going through. When she gets to school the next day, Lucy notices that Tommy is very quiet and withdrawn. She begins to feel sorry for him and decides to tell him that she likes the drawing he is doing and ask him to draw one for her too. Tommy is surprised, because no one has ever asked him to draw something for them before. He gives Lucy his drawing and apologizes for hurting Lucy and breaking her things. In the end, they decide to go outside and play together.
There is a note at the beginning of the book to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of encouraging children to talk with them about bullying. This book is a great way to approach the subject with your young children, and is a good lesson on being kind and understanding as well. Bullying is something nearly all children will experience at some point or another, so reading this book with your child will help them know that you are there and will listen to them if they are in trouble. This picture book is recommended for children ages 4-8 and is available in print at the library. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!