This week, I've decided to review a book from a few years ago as the topic seems especially important. Super Manny Stands Up! is an accessible, humorous and heartwarming look at bullying.
"Every day Manny put on a different cape after school" begins this story, which talks about how Manny likes to pretend he's a superhero with color-coded capes to match his activities. Manny saves the ocean, soars through the skies and battles alien robots.
Manny's biggest challenge comes at school, where he wears his invisible cape. One day, Manny notices "Tall One" acting like a bully to "Small One." Gathering up the courage inspired by his invisible cape, Manny says, "Stop." The bully is surprised, but Manny stands his ground...and is soon joined by a chorus of all the other kids in the classroom demanding an end to the bullying.
Author Kelly DiPucchio does a great job of handling this important topic in a non-didactic way and Stephanie Graegin's illustrations add to the book's appeal.
Here are some worksheets based on the book that kids can used to discuss being a superhero and standing up to bullies.
Super Manny Stands Up!
Author: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrator: Stephanie Graegin
Age range: 4-8
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
This post is part of Perfect Picture Book Friday, hosted by author Susanna Hill. Please see her website for more perfect picture books.