“What if the kid you bullied at school, grew up, and turned out to be the only surgeon who could save your life?”
~ Lynette Mather
Such is the focus of duo writing team Rebecca Homan Coors and illustrator Amy Williams in their debut collaboration A Little Fox Named Filmore. The minute that I saw the summary for this kids book, I was excited to read it.
Personally, I was bullied in middle school, high school, and college and, sadly, hateful words and behaviors are being shown at even earlier ages now. Which is why the book community NEEDS books like A Little Fox Named Filmore.
Filmore is a young, playful fox, who, along with his friends Bonita Bunny, Deanna Deer, and Sherwin Squirrel, enjoy the day-to-day innocence of creating new adventures and playing with one another.
However, Filmore and his friends show an immediate dislike to fellow animal Bernard Bear. Bernard is larger than the other animals, though he is a sweet, sensitive bear cub who only wants to make friends with Bonita, Deanna, Sherwin, and Filmore.
The other animals continue to poke fun and make fun of Bernard’s size, throwing everything from walnuts, mud balls, and rotten apples at him. Naturally, Bernard’s feelings are deeply hurt because he doesn’t understand why the people who he expected to be his fellow friends are being so unkind to him.
You’ll have to pick up a copy of A Little Fox Named Filmore to see if Filmore and the other animals learn their lesson about being unkind to Bernard, though, overall, I loved this children’s book!
It touches on such a sensitive topic in a simple, easy-to-understand way, and will surely teach children of all ages a valuable lesson about how any and everyone can be targeted by bullies. There is no physical description nor personality trait that saves anyone from not having to deal with some form of unkindness. Even though we may not be able to control how other people treat us, we can choose to stick up for each other and be positive and nice to others.
My hope is that there will be more and more wonderful books, both for children, middle graders, young adults, and even adults, that discuss the seriousness of bullying and write about how much kindness can never be underrated.
Similar Kids Books About Bullying:
- Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio
- The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others by Maria Dismondy and Bob Sornson, illustrated by Kim Shaw
- The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton
- Stop Picking On Me: A First Look At Bullying by Pat Thomas, illustrated by Lesley Harker
- Willow Finds a Way by Lana Button, illustrated by Tania Howells