Reviews & Recommendations
Not just adorable, Bullied At The Dog Park is a perfect educational tool. Based on a true story, author Heather Lehrman brings an anti-bullying tale to life with the use of some of the cutest pets on the block. The story, which is viable for both children and adults, reminds us of the importance of being kind to one another. It helps to teach the value of great friendships and how, every soul can be fragile. Though we are all most certainly different in many ways, there is always a way to put differences aside and get along.
I received Bullied at the Dog Park, featuring Sabrina in the mail to review. When I first showed the book to my girls, my youngest said, "Oh, it's just another book about dogs." But, I knew otherwise, and told her to give it a chance. Yes, the book is about dogs at a dog park, but there is an underlying message that will resonate with kids of all ages about bullying and making "true" friends and about morality.
I snuggled up on the couch to read this book with my girls the other day, and as we started to read and flip through the pages of this book, the girls would point to the cute dog illustrations throughout. They really loved Herbie, the Boston terrier, who this story is about. Herbie was bullied in a dog park, and the story shows how this cute little dog overcame his bullying and found friends who really cared for him, and treated him right.
As we read this story, my girls couldn't believe that even dogs get bullied. I had to remind them that everyone is susceptible to bullying, even my girls who are homeschooled. I really liked how there was a book written that addresses bullying, and that kids can relate to, while also including a group of cute pups to help tell a tale of bullying and how it was handled.
I love how this book opened up lines of communication further with my girls, and had them sharing stories of bullying they have seen, and how they have been the better person and either stood up for the kids being picked on, or went up to them afterwords and asked them if they wanted to be friends. This book is a great start for both parents and teachers, to read to kids, and talk further about bullying, as it can happen anywhere, and to anyone, including dogs in a dog park.
With the holidays fast approaching this book would nice a gift for kids to gift to their teachers, or parents to pick up for their kids, and have a new bedtime book to read to them.
Bullied at the Dog Park, A Must Read Book for Every Child
Bullied at the Dog Park by Heather Lehrman – Great Read for Kids
Bullied at the dog park is a wonderful way to introduce bullying to children between the ages of 5-10 years old. Using an animal that most children love is a great way to capture their attention and evoke conversation about their experiences. The book also highlights different breeds of dogs and their physical characteristics. Must read for educators and parents trying to process the effects of bullying!
Antonia Di Leo, Ms. Ed, LMFT
As part of our district's newly developed Strategic Plan, we are committed to teaching our students the importance of kindness and tolerance "said Sabrina Larkin, Principal of Ocean Ave Elementary School. "It's our goal to communicate a consistent message through professional instructors and presentations. The message we send to our children about anti-bullying is one that must be taught very carefully, and Ms. Lehrman's presentation of "Bullied at the Dog Park" discussed a critically important social and emotional topic."
I read this book to my 6th grade students, and they loved it! The combination of subject and representation of that subject using dogs, was an excellent springboard for discussions about bullying, and using those discussions in the students' own writing.
This book is an interesting story with a great lesson about bullying and how to treat others. It is cleverly written and also teaches about different dog breeds. My children loved the characters and pictures. They wanted to read it again just after finishing it. It helps to open up discussion with your children about bullying and different kinds of bullying and how to rise above it. This is a great book for a class to read and or a children's group. We look forward to other stories by Heather Lehrman.
Angela Milio Mom of 5