Children’s Book on Childhood Bullying Teaches with Pony Story

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Multi-media publisher Fresh Ink Group announces children’s fiction Princess Lil by Nelle Cooper, a vividly realistic depiction of how to cope with childhood bullying as suffered by a young pony among barnyard bullies.

Childhood bullying is explored as a modern fable about ponies in new children’s book PRINCESS LIL by Michigan author and retired nurse Nelle Cooper. Published by Fresh Ink Group in trade-paper and e-book editions, PRINCESS LIL is a big kids’ “novel” for elementary school-aged readers with photo illustrations and chapters rated at the 2nd-to-5th-grade reading level.

PRINCESS LIL is a sad pony sold to a scary farm full of mean ponies after her little girl grows up. A funny cat called Taffy and a roan horse named Pearly try to protect her from others who verbally bully and physically abuse their new victim. Lil wants a chance to help cheer up special-needs children, but by then she is too hurt and sick. Only Lil can make herself better by learning how to rise above the role of victim.

PRINCESS LIL illustrates the differences between loyal friends and those who bully others. It shows the power of children caring about themselves and learning to recognize who can be trusted to look out for each other. Young readers identify with Lil’s harshly realistic plight, even as they come to understand the value in service to others.

Inspired by her own childhood experiences, Nelle Cooper explored issues of childhood bullying with her own family, with children in schools where she served as nurse and confidant, and through inspiration from Job 12:7. Cooper explains, “Just because we can say it, text it, tweet it, send it, do it, or encourage another to act hurtfully does not entitle anyone to be unkind.” She points out that “Many bullies act without any knowledge of why they are behaving that way.” To focus more on positive behaviors than negative bullying, Cooper has Lil’s friend Pearly “demonstrate kindness, friendship, and loyalty, which promotes hope and encouragement.”

The story of a beautiful Morgan mare relocated to a pony farm will appeal to girls, but many boys also enjoy Lil’s story, especially those interested in topics related to bullying or animals. Any child experiencing the all-too-common pain of being excluded, rejected, scorned, and teased will find inspiration in Lil discovering those principles of human interaction that honor God. “Learning to foster healthy relationships at a young age,” Cooper says, “helps prevent later dating abuse and domestic violence.”

Cooper launched the first leg of a reading and discussion tour as featured speaker at the Sisters in Christ Banquet sponsored by Country Christian Church in North Branch, Michigan. She is currently booking introductions at schools, churches, community groups, and more.

At every Nelle Cooper speaking engagement the book receives high praise. Says Judith Church, LMSW, ACSW, “I look forward to sharing Princess Lil with family, friends, and in my counseling practice.” Rohm Federbush, author of SALEME'S CONVERSION, adds, “PRINCESS LIL incorporates functions of the fairy tale . . . age appropriate lessons for courage to confront bullying, happiness gleaned from service, and the staying power of the Lord.”

Available at all major e-tailers and through most bookstores, the paper-cover “novel” edition [ISBN: 978-1-936442-16-4] is 80 pages cover-priced $9.00. E-editions on all major platforms such as Kindle and Nook are listed for $5.20. Fresh Ink Group expects to release an audiobook edition read by the author in Fall 2013. Anyone interested in speaking engagements or other events are encouraged to contact author Nelle Cooper or Fresh Ink Group.


Judith Eick ("Nelle Cooper")

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