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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Having friends is a great way to go through life – especially when the friends help keep you safe from bullies. Bullies, Bees and Brussels Sprouts by Narelle McAllister follows Kish, Whitehouse, Posh, Ling, Marmalade and Mayonnaise as they leave ‘The Hollow’, the inner city lot where they live. Tired of being bullied by other animals and having to clean up the litter dropped by careless people, they dream of finding a place that is safe and beautiful. Pelligrew the pelican has good news one day and offers to take the group to a new home in a National Park and animal sanctuary in Princess Charlotte Bay. As they make the journey north from Sydney, they encounter a number of different animals, each with its own experience with bullies. The group grows as the newcomers join in and each animal uses its unique talents to help protect and even save some of the others. Can this diverse group of animals make it all the way to Princess Charlotte Bay or will they be overcome with some danger along the way?
Perfect reading for 4th through 6th grade students, Bullies, Bees and Brussels Sprouts by Narelle McAllister provides heartfelt lessons about bullying and being careless with the environment. There are plenty of educational items throughout the book that flow as part of the story as different species are introduced. For readers not familiar with Australia, this book portrays a wonderfully diverse land with strange and amazing animals who happen to work together to try to make the whole world a better place. The writing is fresh and lively with lots of humor as the characters live and play together along the way to their new home.