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Billy Has A Birthday: Bullying (Billy Growing Up) (Volume 1)

Billy Has A Birthday: Bullying (Billy Growing Up) (Volume 1)
For 7 to 9 year old boys and girls.

Bullying is an issue in many children’s lives. This book will help to make your child bully-proof.

Billy Field celebrates his tenth birthday with his school friends, but Eddy Jost is upset at not being invited to the party. When Billy receives a special present from his granddad Eddy finds out, and wants it for himself. Using bullying tactics Eddy takes the present, leaving Billy devastated. And worse, Billy feels he has to keep his loss a secret from his parents and granddad.

Max Turner, Billy’s best friend's sister, wants to help Billy, and she tells Billy's granddad. Max and Granddad hatch a plan to recover the present.

What is Max’s plan? Does the bully get what's coming to him? Will Billy get his present back?

Billy Has A Birthday is the first title in the Billy Books series. Each book addresses a unique topic—bullying, arrogant pride, jealousy, lying, stealing, lack of self-belief, understanding money, and secrets. Written to help parents, guardians and teachers deal with the issues that challenge pre-teen children, each topic is presented in a gentle way through storytelling. Setting the issues in a meaningful context helps children to understand the challenges, and to see things from a different perspective. The books act as icebreakers allowing for discussions on difficult subjects. Additionally, each title is supported by a free activity book to reinforce the learning, while having fun.

Buying this book today will support your child in the battle against bullying; a destructive and unpleasant behaviour.
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About the Book

Meet the Author:

As an early educator for many years, I became a huge advocate for quality children's books. My favorite ones are those that teach a life lesson in a subtle way. This book is a perfect example of how chapter books for this age group should be written.

The author did a great job of incorporating true-to-form verbiage and props (references of YouTube, Internet, etc.) that target readers of this genre, for this generation, will relate to. Though, it saddens me a bit to see elements like this needing to be incorporated into children's books, as I prefer the simplicity of the ones I grew up reading. But even many of those have been revamped to appeal to "today's kids".

I commend the author on tackling such sensitive subjects as bullying, and still finding a way to resolve the conflict in a child-like way, using magic tricks. That really impressed me because, as I read further into the story, I wondered if the little boy would actually get beaten up, I wondered how violent the story would become, because, even though "today's kids" see violence and hear vulgarity on TV, the radio, and even some of the games they play, I feel authors should hold their work to a higher standard and encourage, teach, and mold through their writing. This author met that standard for me.

I will definitely be reading more books in the Billy series. Well done!
Bullying and abuse has never sit well with me, so any attempt to stop it is appreciated. James Minter has composed a series of stories about negative behaviour and positive outcomes, and Billy Has a Birthday deals with overcoming bullying. This chapter book is intended for children 8-11 and can be used in a family or classroom situation, or the children can read it by themselves. There are even additional activities available to help engage the children. A simple, everyday situation, a boy's 10th birthday, and an average family setting should make the children feel safe while reading, and, if guided well by the educator or parent, the child who reads it might open up about being bullied or witnessing bullying, which is what is usually the most difficult thing to do - open up and ask for help. Despite keeping the story simple and using likeable illustrations, the author does not embellish the boy's fear of the bully, the complications it causes and explains the real punishment which befalls the bully himself. In my opinion, a sensitive topic like this one should be discussed both in families and schools, and this book is a good tool to help One might claim children want more suspense from stories - such as dragons, zombies, pirates, etc. All that is well and true, but children know that is just fancy, fabrication, fantasy. It is seemingly simple books like this one that stir up real emotions because, to children, they are almost non-fiction. They will relate and react. It is up to us to be there and steer them towards positivity.
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