Back to School, Back to the Bully?

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Bullying is a form of violence. Is your child prepared? The act of bullying has lasting consequences not only for it's victim, but bystanders as well. At the very least, it damages the learning environment and threatens a child's number one concern at school Â? personal safety.

Providence Publishing Company announces the release of their latest title, MILTON'S DILEMMA, a 32-page children's book written by Patricia Gatto and John De Angelis. Richly illustrated by Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Kenneth Vincent, this is the tale of a lonely boy and his struggles with the school bullies. With the help of a mischievous gnome, young Milton embarks on a magical journey to friendship and self-acceptance as he leans that getting even isn't the answer, even in his dreams.

As subtle as it may seem, bullying is a form of violence. Research shows that over 75% of today's youth will be exposed to at least some aspect of bullying before they reach high school. The act of bullying has lasting consequences not only for it's victim, but bystanders as well. At the very least, it damages the learning environment and threatens a child's number one concern at school – personal safety.

MILTON'S DILEMMA addresses the issues in an entertaining, yet thought-provoking manner. The authors present their story at schools, libraries, and community events in an effort to help children identify and cope with the negative and aggressive behavior of bullying. Their goal is to foster awareness and provide children with an understanding of their rights to a safe and healthy learning environment.

Inspired by John's personal childhood experience, this husband and wife writing team share their message with an animated and entertaining reading from their book, original songs, and practical advice. In addition, the program provides a platform for educators to build and enforce anti-bullying policies throughout the year as they encourage children to come forward and report incidents of bullying.

MILTON'S DILEMMA is available for $15.95 through Joyful Productions on the web at http://www.joyfulproductions.com, Amazon.com, and by calling 570-857-0255. The authors/screenwriters are available for interviews and presentations, and are especially interested in participating in fundraisers for the benefit of children.

MILTON'S DILEMMA by Patricia Gatto & John De Angelis. Illustrated by Kenneth Vincent. Providence Publishing Company (Houston). ISBN 0-9651661-9-8. Hardcover, 0.38 x 9 x 7, 32 pages. Children's Picture Book, Ages 6-10. Cover Price $15.95. Publication Date July 2004.

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