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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Llama Llama and the Bully Goat is another picture book in the bestselling series about Llama Llama and his young animal friends of all kinds, who seem like stand-ins for average preschoolers. Llama often has trouble sharing or feels needy or jealous. But in this book, he and his friend Nelly Gnu are models of good behavior, especially in contrast to Gilroy Goat, who bullies kids at school. The message comes through loud and clear: Calling names and being mean is not OK. And if you get bullied, walk away and tell someone. There's also a message that bullies can change their behavior and learn to play nice, and kids who were bullied can forgive and befriend a former bully.
What's the story?
Gilroy Goat spends the morning at school making fun of others, calling names, being mean, and at recess he kicks dirt and sand on Llama and pushes Nelly in the sandbox. Llama tells him, "Gilroy, this is not OK. Stop it, or we'll go away." He and Nelly do walk away and tell the teacher, who gives Gilroy a time-out. The second half of the book shows Gilroy learing from his mistake, learning how to play nicely with others and become their friend.
Is it any good?
LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT offers a realistic preschool or kindergarten scenario and, with a pretty light touch, shows what to do if you get bullied: Walk away and tell someone. It also shows that even bullies can change and learn to get along with others. The popular Llama Llama character, who isn't always perfectly behaved himself, is a perfect choice to deliver this positive message to kids. (Though in real life, kids may not find the turnaround as fast or easy as it is here.)
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to respond to a bully. What steps should you take right away if you get bullied?
The Llama Llama books are very popular. Why do you think that is?
How do the pictures help tell the story? What's different about the animals' faces after the goat stops being a bully?
- Author: Anna Dewdney
- Illustrator: Anna Dewdney
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Horses and Farm Animals, Misfits and Underdogs, Wild Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Viking Juvenile
- Publication date: August 6, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 5
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, Kindle
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