A book inspiring lessons about self love, Veggie Bunnie learns something that all readers need to know.... Love yourself, no matter what others may say! Filled with colorful illustrations, this book follows Veggie's relationship with her friends Carb Monkey and his Uncle Bear. Throughout the book, 'Carb' wants to get even with the bully that is bothering Veggie, whereas 'Uncle Bear' wants her to take a different approach. This book encourages readers to be the best person they can be, regardless of how people may act around them.
A frequent discussion these days between my fellow teachers and I is how disrespectful children are becoming, and how mean they specifically are to each other. The problem is happening at younger and younger ages, especially in the springtime, I think. Not only are they being mean to each other, but also seeking revenge instead of handling the situation in a positive way.
The conversations being had in these book happen on a daily basis in our schools and homes. One child's feelings are being hurt. Another child wants to extract revenge by giving the bully a taste of his own medicine. I just hope that all children have someone as wonderful as Uncle Bear, who guides them along a more appropriate path. He emphasizes how wonderful Veggie actually is and how seeking retaliation merely makes you as bad as the bully. It never solves the problem. Instead, you need to look to yourself to be the bigger person and to focus on what makes you unique and special and wonderful.
Uncle Bear also acknowledges the anger and frustration that Veggie is feeling. It is important to help a child learn how to label her feelings, and why she is feeling that way, so that she can better understand them.
This book is also easy to read through its rhyming verse. Complemented by vibrant pictures, it is going to be attractive to young children. This is one I would like to use in my classroom as a part of our peace curriculum. I am also interested in seeing more of the series.
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