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Laura Vaccaro Seeger


Bully doesn’t have a respectful word for any of his friends. When the other animals ask him to play, he responds in the way he’s been taught: “Chicken! Slow poke! You stink!” As he uses disrespectful words, he grows in size. Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s bold, graphic artwork, along with her spare but powerful words, makes for a tender, hilarious, and thoughtful tale.

Character Education Focus:

  • Everyone feels better when respectful language is used.

Reading Objective:


  • Discuss why Bully grows and shrinks in size.
  • Create a list of DISRESPECTFUL words/phrases that would make friends sad.
  • Create a list of RESPECTFUL words/phrases that would make friends feel good.


Objective: Create a visual to showcase disrespectful/respectful words and phrases.

  • Using red construction paper, cut out a big circle and draw Bully’s sad face. Take the list of disrespectful words that students
           generated and cut these into strips. Glue or staple these all around Bully’s face.
  • Cut out another big circle and draw Bully’s happy face. Take the list of respectful words that students generated and cut these into
           strips. Glue and staple thse all around Bully’s happy face.

ASCA:PS:A2.8 Learn how to make and keep friends.

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