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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Benjamin Jay was a Bully by Emma M. Glover, with artwork by K.C. Snider

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



  1. It sounds like a great life lesson for kids Penelope. I think there can't be too many books on bullying. Thanks for the review.

    1. Thanks, Susan, for your comments. I really like the message in this story.

  2. Replies
    1. Hi Jan, Thanks for your supportive comment. I see this book can help a lot of kids deal with others.

  3. Such a needed book and a very nice review, Penelope! Glad I visited.

    1. Thanks, Nancy, for your support and visiting. I hope this book is widely read.

  4. I know this book will be fun for kids and I adore the illustrations.

    1. Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Your support is always welcome. I hope a lot of kids will be helped by this lovely book.