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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
Thomas is a very smart student at his school. He excels in Math and French, but because of this he is called "teacher's pet" and "Genius" by the basketball team captain, Victor, and his friends. After school one day, coincidentally on his birthday, he runs into Victor and his friends and gets bullied verbally and physically. He does not tell his parents or grandparents when he gets home, but instead chooses to enjoy the birthday celebration they all planned for him. After all, he could use all the love he can get. But an unexpected thing happened when he started to worry and cry about having to go back to school and face Victor and his friends. The gift from his grandparents, a teddy bear named Sami, comes alive and offers Thomas some advice on how to stop his bullying problem. What does Sami the teddy bear say to Thomas? Will it work? Will he ever be happy and have friends at school without being bullied?
Sami the Magic Bear - No To Bullying, written and illustrated by Murielle Bourdon, is a delightful children's educational story. It introduces young readers to the concepts of bullying, self confidence, nervousness, self doubt, forgiveness, compromise, acceptance, and communication. Bullying is a serious issue in today's society and is surprisingly not talked about often enough within school systems or within individual households. Serious consequences occur when children who are being bullied keep that burden to themselves. Most often they are afraid of what the person doing the bullying will do to them if they tell someone else, and also might be ashamed to admit that they are being bullied. Most times, a young child needs just one friend to encourage them to create a solution to their bullying problem.
The author does a fantastic job of creating a friend and a solution to the bullying problem. The book is unique, the dialog and text comprehensible, and the characters highly relatable to young readers. I loved this book. I believe every parent, teacher, guardian and young reader should read this book to help them in any bullying scenario they may come across in their future, whether that be related to themselves or someone else.