Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
Tyler the Fish and the Lake Erie Bully by Meaghan Fisher is a colorful concept story for young children. Little Tyler the fish starts school and on his very first day makes a new friend, enjoys story time, and encounters the unkind bullying of the big trout. Tyler gives up his lunch to the bully’s demands, but then later Mom comforts him and explains what bullies are. So the next day Tyler is ready for the bully and finds just the right way to respond.
What a lovely story to share with little ones who may have come across bullying, may even have bullied others themselves, or who are nervous about starting school. The message is about showing kindness, how to behave, and how to stand up for yourself. I like the fish characters and children will love the underwater world and school for little fish. Tyler is a sweet character and it is easy for young readers to identify with his excitement and concerns about his new adventure – starting school. There is a lovely encouraging and nurturing tone to the story, helped by Tyler’s wise and comforting Mom and the kind teacher, Mrs Patty.
The colorful illustrations on every page are full of detail that link Tyler’s world with children’s real school life – I loved the “Wash Your Fins” sign in the lunch room! Stories are a great way to teach children concepts such as kindness, friendship, and understanding others. Tyler the Fish and the Lake Erie Bully does just that and may also enable bullied children to talk about their feelings and find a good way to deal with things. A little book that makes a great addition to any child’s home or class library. Recommended.