The Mystic Princesses sat in front of the fire pit at Breanna’s house in Yellowstone National Park. They’d just finished reading Nicu the Littlest Vampire in Fangless and were talking about Nicu being teased because he didn’t have his fangs although he was 9-years-old. The mean spirited teasing wasn’t just from his brother and school mates, even his parents were disappointed and hit Nicu because he was fangless.
“Poor Nicu,” Breanna said starting the discussion. “If I were there, I would have thrown a fire ball at those bullies.”
“That wouldn’t have solved the problem,” Harmonie said. “Bullying is wrong. It might have helped if Nicu understood that the other vampires teased him because he was different. Letting them see he was bothered by the teasing made them tease him even more. What did you think Coral?”
“It sounds like you are blaming Nicu for reacting!”
“No! I should have added that it would have helped if his friends had stood up for him instead of joining in the teasing. I didn’t like his friends or family. Even Nicu’s parents were mean to him.”
The girls thought about this and commented that they’d been taught that being included in a group of friends normally helps children who are bullied. This is because having friends form a protective circle reducing the time that a person is alone and doesn’t give the bullies as many chances to tease. And they’d learned that when children feel loved they don’t let the teasing bother them as much.
Catie spoke next saying, “I agree. Friends and family aren’t supposed to be mean to each other.”
Janna finished the discussion when she said, “We sometimes we tease, but were are never mean when we joke around.”
The Mystic Princesses finished reading Cool Kids Wear Glasses by Teddy O’Malley and went to get a snack while they talked about the book.
“I didn’t like Mandy’s character very much,” Janna said.
“She was mean to the other kids at school,” Breanna agreed. “What did you think, Coral?”
“You shouldn’t let a few people decide whether you are cool or not.”
Catie chimed in saying, “Even if some people are bullies, not everyone is. You just need to try to find friends that like you for who you are, instead of what you look like.”
“Yes,” Harmonie agreed. “Look at us. We all look different. But we are friends. I would rather find friends who are kind, honest and caring.”
“And if you see someone being bullied, you should try to make friends with them,” Harmonie said. “When a person has friends, he or she is less likely to be bullied.”
About the Book
Title: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+
Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls her, but Emily feels far from perfect. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance. Stumbling into Phea’s garden, an eccentric woman skilled in the arts of gardening and imagination, Emily finds she is not alone in her troubles. Phea and her friend rabbit have a past of their own they wish to run from and together the three battle their innermost demons as their world crumbles around them. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are all lost forever.
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