Book: Lionel's Grand Adventure (Lionel Turns the Other Cheek) by Paul R. Hewlett
categories: Book, Bullying, Fantasy, Magic, Moral Lessons, Turn the other cheek, Chapter Book, Humor, Summer, Camp, Children's Book
Paul R. Hewlett about this book: Lionel's back and his Magical Three-Toed-Pottbellied Walbaun Foot is up to its old tricks. Lionel heads off to summer camp and has to room with the meanest, biggest bully there is. Young Readers will love Lionel and the lesson he learns this time. Perfect for getting kids to read at home and great for family read alouds. Lionel Turns the Other Cheek is the second book in the Lionel's Grand Adventure series.
The title is kind of self-explanatory. I like to highlight moral lessons for the titles/themes of my books. This title reflects the message conveyed in the book. It seems important to tackle this topic with the proliferation of bullying. Previously a majority of bullying was physical and involved aggression. While this still occurs today, social media and smart phones have broadened bullying with cyber bullying-- a very devastating form of bullying. The message "Turn the Other Cheek" is just as valid today as it has always been. Turning the other cheek is a great way to diffuse aggression, but it is also a great way to deal with cyber bullying. Some may see this as letting the aggressor of bully "get away" with it. I believe the opposite. I believe this is the best way to stop the cycle of bullying. It is a sign of strength and self-control to be able to turn the other cheek. Granted,it will only work on someone with a conscious, but there are always those so full of hate they will not respond. In this case, it may still be the best course of action to turn the other cheek rather than retaliate or provoke such individuals. Turning the other cheek is a great form of self-behavior and a lesson I think children and adults alike can benefit from using.
The Lionel's Grand Adventure series are beginning chapter books geared toward ages 6-10. They combine magic, fantasy, humor, and a loveable main character most everyone can relate to. My aim is to get children to read. These factors combined with being a relatively short book may encourage even "reluctant" readers to give it a shot.
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