New Children’s Storybook Teaches Children about the Consequences of Bullying

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Author Betsy Garland pens “The Golden Rule,” a parable about how to treat one another

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Garland uses “The Golden Rule” to teach children the important lesson of treating other people, regardless of their differences, with respect.

In her new children’s storybook “The Golden Rule” (published by Inspiring Voices), Betsy Garland tells a parable about what happens when people – or animals in the case of this story – do not love and respect one another.

Farmer Brown, Mrs. Brown and their two sons live in a beautiful little country village. One day Farmer Brown decides to purchase some chicks so he can sell brown eggs. All is well for a time, until the 25 golden hens and one white rooster grow up. Mrs. Brown is horrified to hear the hens deep in conversation one day suggesting that they peck on Mr. Rooster because he is different from them. This mentality of peer pressure and bullying prevails over the hens, and Mr. Rooster is bullied over and over again.

Garland uses “The Golden Rule” to teach children the important lesson of treating other people, regardless of their differences, with respect. She says, “‘The Golden Rule’ does not ‘sugar coat’ the topic of bullying. Although the story begins in a beautiful little country village where we are introduced to a loving family, it ends on a very sad note.”

Garland wrestled with the idea of ending the story without a positive resolution, but she felt it was important to drive the message home to show children the reality of bullying. “The fact remains that bullying can be absolutely devastating to children,” she says. “I fully believe that even young kids need to know the consequences of their actions towards others.”

About the Author
Betsy Garland has been a book lover since her mother read Little Golden Books to her as a child. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and has been an interlibrary loan librarian for the last 20 years. Garland is married and has two sons and two yellow cats.

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