Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf: A Story About Bullying
Jeanie Franz Ransom, Author
Jennifer Zivoin, Illustrator
Magination Press, Fiction, Feb. 15, 2016
Suitable for Ages: 3-6
Themes: Animals, Wolves, Bullying, Fairy Tale, Courage
Opening: “There was only one path that led from where Little Bitty Wolf lived to where he went to school at Pine Cone Elementary. And that was a problem.”
Synopsis: Little Bitty Wolf has a big problem. He used to love to walk to school until Big Red Riding Hood moves into the neighborhood. Big Red is mean and she loves to tease and terrorize Little Bitty. She hides behind trees and scares Little Bitty, trips him, pulls his tail and snatches his lunch basket. He tries to ignore her. He stands up to her and tells her to stop, but nothing works. What will he do? Little Bitty talks to his parents and to the school counselor, Mr. Know-It-Owl. He tries something totally unexpected to get Big Red to stop!
Why I like this book:
Jennifer Zivoin has penned a charming twist on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood. The author turns the story topsy-turvy and Little Bitty Wolf is the target of taunting and bullying by a larger-than-life mean girl, Big Red. Children will identify with the relentless teasing in this very original fairy tale. Little Bitty Wolf is an adorable character with heart and determination. Kids will cheer for this little wolf as he attempts to reason and outsmart Big Red in order to get her to stop. Jennifer Zivoin’s illustrations are richly textured, beautiful, lively and powerful! The expressions on the faces of Big Red and Little Bitty are priceless. I like the teamwork between the author and illustrator.
Resources: This is a perfect topic for the beginning of the school year and a way to engage students in a discussion about how they treat each other! Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf is an excellent resource for teaching children good emotional techniques and to stand up for what is right. The book includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers about how to spot the common signs that indicate their child is the victim of bullying, witnesses bullying or is the perpetrator of bullying.
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