HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Bully Bean
Authors: Thomas Weck and Peter Weck
Illustrator: Len DiSalvo
Publisher: Lima Bear Press LLC, 2013
Related website: http://www.limabearpress.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 5 – 7
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Weck, Thomas and Peter. Bully Bean (published in 2013 by Lima Bear Press, 2305 MacDonough Rd., Suite 201, Wilmington, DE 19805). What is the best way to handle bullying? And how should the bully be treated? In the kingdom of Beandom, Bully Bear is the tallest and strongest bean. He likes to tease and torment the other beans, and when they see him they chant, “”Oh, bad Bully Bean, What makes you so mean? Whenever you’re near. We all run in fear.” He especially enjoys mistreating Lima Bear who is always kind and has green fur. One day Lima Bear is in the hidden cave where the beans go to escape Bully Bean, but Bully Bean secretly follows him in. When Bully starts to chase Lima, a loose rock falls on Bully Bean and traps him. What will Lima Bear and his friends do? Will they try to help, or will they just run away?
News reports tell us that bullying is a serious problem in schools and neighborhoods for many children. The story of Bully Bean, which is Book #5 in the Lima Bear Stories, will help youngsters understand that treating others with kindness is always the right thing to do, even though someone may have bullied them for a long time. Unfortunately, not all bullies will respond as positively as Bully Bean does, but that is no reason to ignore the Bible’s advice, “Repay no one evil for evil…but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:17-21). In the back of the book, there are some extended learning questions and activities which parents and teachers can use in encouraging children to become more involved in the concepts presented. This is a well-written and nicely illustrated book that teaches children a very important lesson about applying the Golden Rule in life.