Benjamin Jay was a Bully

Children - Animals
18 Pages
Reviewed on 08/11/2013
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Author Biography

Emma Glover a former California Teacher of the Year -- just keeps on teaching. She uses insights gained from teaching elementary school to plant character building seeds in her stories for children.

Emma is a retired teacher, freelance writer and author of children's books living in central Californis.

She enjoys family gatherings and sharing in the lives of her six grandchildren. Emma is an avid reader and also enjoys needlework, crafts, and beading.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Benjamin Jay was a Bully is a children's book aimed at pre-school through first-grade kids, and is written by Emma Glover, a former elementary school teacher. It's illustrated by K.C. Snider, a wildlife artist and illustrator for children's books. Benjamin Jay is thwarted in his efforts to be the baddest of all birds when the frightened birds in Dove's Cove follow Miss Graydove's advice to use the Golden Rule in dealing with the unruly jay -- that is, they try to make friends with him. No one hides or runs away at his approach; instead, they dance and sing and merrily go about their business. This saddens and confuses the young bully as he sits by himself on a branch until the other birds welcome him in friendship.

I love Benjamin Jay was a Bully! Emma Glover's prose is fun and upbeat, and is never preachy or patronizing. The story flows beautifully. The illustrations by K.C. Snider are amazing, with an artist's attention to details and an illustrator's gift at imparting expression and action as the birds laugh, dance, sing, and cavort their way through the story. Best of all are the pictures of Benjamin Jay. It has been a rather long time since I was in the targeted age group for this book, but I enjoyed every single minute I spent reading it and lingered over the words and those incredible illustrations. Then there's the awesome message that simply and clearly speaks wisdom and coping skills for kids. Glover and Snider are a great team and Benjamin Jay was a Bully is a fabulous children's book.

Penelope Anne Cole

Benjamin Jay was a Bully by Emma M. Glover, with illustrations by K.C. Snider, is the kind of story parents and kids would love to cheer for and learn from. It answers the question: How do you deal with a bully in your own backyard?

In Benjamin Jay bird we have a bully most kids can relate to. Like other bullies, he steals food and pushes around those who are smaller. Do the small birds run and hide? Do they shake with fear? No, they’ve been counseled by Miss Gray Dove to do to others as you would have them do to you and live by the Golden Rule. Like her, they follow the peaceful way of the dove.

Poor Benjamin Jay. He’s used to being a troublemaker and the “biggest, baddest bird in the garden.” Not any more. Alone, he sadly sees the other birds together in a friendship circle with Miss Gray Dove. They beckon to him. He’s learning an important lesson: friendship satisfies more than the lonely power that comes from bullying. Wouldn’t you like to snuggle under Miss Gray Dove’s wing, too?

K.C. Snider’s beautiful illustrations will make you want to join in with the other birds. We marvel at the lovely flower garden. We revel with the sweet dancing birds, living the message of peace for all.

Thank you, Emma M. Glover and K.C. Snider, for this uplifting story about changing a bully into a friend. Yes, we want our own world to follow the Golden Rule and the way of the peaceful dove