This story includes the following information about your child:
The story assumes that your child makes fairly regular visits to a local park with a playground that includes swings.
*The story assumes that your child goes to school with boys. If this is not the case, then another environment where your child would see the Meanies on a regular basis can be substituted at a cost of £1.50.
Colour illustrations: 9
Paperback: 22 pages
Dimensions: 13.5cm x 19.7cm
Bee Boy/Girl and the Meanies
During a trip to the park, your child hero tries to swat a bee
thinking it is wasp. Shaken, but unharmed, the bee introduces
herself and explains the differences between bees and wasps – wasps will sting to get what they want whereas bees sting to protect their friends.
Back in the park, your child sees two mean boys with something in a box. It is the bee. Having confronted the Meanies, your child is now taunted with the name Bee Boy/Girl. However, the bee has been freed and a little boy, who has been watching from a safe distance, is
impressed by your child’s bravery. They go off to play together.
On a third occasion, your child sees the Meanies bullying the little boy
who is trying to stand up for himself. With help from the bees, your sees off the Meanies and embraces the name Bee Boy/Girl as their superhero alter ego.
The story takes a gentle look at bullying, giving your child the perspective of an onlooker and intervener not victim, whilst taking the opportunity to provide some facts about bees and wasps. The central message is that it’s always best to ignore meanies and stay out of their way but sometimes you have to stand up to them to protect yourself or your friends.
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