kid’s books: bullying


When I write kid’s books I often choose to put problems in today’s society in the spotlight. Unfortunately, bullying is an issue that’s all too visible. Let’s talk about Breanna Mendoza’s experience. Breanna was born with a deformity called Goldenhar Syndrome. It caused her face to be deformed. Sadly, she suffered a great deal from the effects of bullying. She was recently interviewed when she shared these thoughts:

“I was in second or first grade and I thought about just going into the street and just going in front of a bus. See what happens when you bully [people] to such a point? I want to prove to people that this is wrong and it does hurt,” she said.

Breanna was so upset by the treatment she got at school, she  quit going to her local middle school. She even endured out of control teasing on social media. But sometimes something wonderful is created from a bad situation. When a local photographer, Heather Marshall, heard Breanna’s story, she decided to take action. What did she do? She made a plan to help Breanna feel special. Heather contacted Breanna’s Mom with a big announcement. Here’s what she said about her plan for Breanna:

‘I saw your story and I just wanted to let you know if you would like to come and have a photo shoot, I have friends that would help do hair and makeup’.”

I can imagine how excited Breanna was when she heard the news. Heather is a very wise lady. This was what she said about  a concern she had:

“I didn’t want her to think that the hair and makeup being done meant that she’s not already pretty, that was a concern I had — that she’d think the hair and makeup was what made her pretty. Makeup doesn’t make you pretty, but it might help make her feel pretty.”

Of course, Breanna’s parents were thrilled about Heather’s plan. They realized the actions of one person can make a huge difference.

When I wrote the fifth of my kid’s books, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, one of the subjects it deals with is bullying. Bentley Bulldog is quite an obnoxious little dog until he meets Charlene the Star and her friends. They work together to show Bentley his behavior is unacceptable. Like my other kid’s books, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Bentley’s story also puts teamwork and friendship in the spotlight. If you read them, I hope they become some of your favorite kid’s books.

copyright 2015 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Comments & Responses

7 Responses so far.

  1. What a beautiful commentary on bullying, Deanie. We need more authors like you. <3

  2. Thank you, Colleen. It’s heartbreaking when kids are teased instead of valued for the person they are. Your an angel for stopping by and commenting. All the best to you.

  3. Janice Spina says:

    This is a beautiful story about a courageous young lady. Life can be so difficult when one is bullied. Thank you sharing, Deanie. Your blog can make a difference in young children’s lives by showing children the harm it can do to others. Bless you!

    • Thank you so much, Janice. I hope my blog does make a positive difference to children. I’d be so honored if that was the case. As always, I’m thrilled to have a comment from one of my favorite people in the whole universe. 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing (a little of) Breanna’s story and what an Earth Angel Heather is!

    I really believe the positive power of one person can overcome the taunting of many, but the “one” has to step up.

    Have a great weekend, Deanie!

    • Thanks for commenting, Mark. Yes, Heather is definitely an Earth Angel, who made a huge difference for Breanna. Positive actions like this are so important. We agree on that. Best to you and your family. I hope you’re all enjoying your new home.


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