New Children’s Picture Book Illustrates How Kids Can Overcome Bullying

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‘TOOTSIE TAKES ON BULLIES’ by Lynne Katsafouros Friedman shares the story of one courageous dog who successfully conquers bullying and gains confidence for future challenges

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I decided to do my own anti-bullying research online, in the library, bookstores and I could not find many anti-bullying picture books for young children. It was apparent to me that I had to write my own book geared to younger children so they could understand how to react when faced with a bully.

An entertaining picture book for children, “TOOTSIE TAKES ON BULLIES” by Lynne Katsafouros Friedman shows children that they are not alone and can successfully overcome bullying. The book follows Tootsie, a brave dog, who runs into bullies but reaches out and gets help from an adult.

Tootsie is excited to join the kids who are outside having fun, but she quickly learns that they are bullies. The bullies squeeze her and tease her, but luckily, she is able to escape. While hiding from the bullies, she thinks of a safe approach to use when facing a bully. When kids encounter a bully, they should act calm, turn away and go tell their parent, teacher or another adult. Tootsie calls this being ‘TOOTSIEFIED’. With help from Tootsie’s mom, Tootsie demonstrates that being ‘TOOTSIEFIED’ makes her stronger and the bullies weaker. Ultimately, the bullies learn that bullying is not okay, and they become friends with Tootsie.

“I had numerous conversations with parents, grandparents and their children about bullying. They were upset because they didn’t know how to talk to their children directly about bullying nor did they know how to explain to their kids what to do when faced with a bully,” says Katsafouros Friedman. “I decided to do my own anti-bullying research online, in the library, bookstores and I could not find many anti-bullying picture books for young children. It was apparent to me that I had to write my own book geared to younger children so they could understand how to react when faced with a bully.”

The book will teach both children and adults how to handle a situation with bullies through colorful illustrations and an uplifting story. For more information on becoming ‘TOOTSIEFIED’ please visit http://www.tootsieonline.com.

“TOOTSIE TAKES ON BULLIES”
By Lynne Katsafouros Friedman
ISBN: 9781480884922 (softcover); 9781480884915 (hardcover); 9781480884939 (electronic)
Available at the Archway Publishing Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Lynne Katsafouros Friedman is widely known for her pet portraits. She has been cited and praised by two former U.S. Presidents, a U.S. Presidential Candidate, a U.S. Secretary of State, a White House Senior Advisor and Communications Director. Her accomplishments have been featured in “The New York Times”, “Hello Magazine”, “Good Dog Magazine”, “The Palm Beach Post”, and “Composers, Authors of America Magazine”. Katsafouros Friedman has appeared on CBS, ABC Morning with Regis and Kathy Lee and WTVD-Channel 11. Her work has been shown by Louis Rukeyser on Wall Street Week. Her celebrity portraits have been exhibited at The White House, a Presidential Library, the Palm Beach Airport and Duke University. Her portrait of the Bahamian Goodwill Ambassador was displayed for their 500 Year Anniversary Celebration. Katsafouros Friedman has now expanded her artistic talents to include “author.” Her first book, “TOOTSIE TAKES ON BULLIES,” is sure to help young children deal with our growing bullying issues, while putting a needed smile on their faces.

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