Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Tale of Sir Dragon: Dealing with Bullies for Kids (and Dragons)

The Tale of Sir Dragon: Dealing with Bullies for Kids (and Dragons)

by Jean E. Pendziwol and Martine Gourbault

Setting out from Camp Camelot in search of a noble quest, a girl and her dragon friend cross swords with a bully of a knight.

What a delightful creatively written children's book on dealing with bullies told from the Camelot legend...

A girl and her friend the dragon are in search of a noble quest. Instead they encounter bully on the playground.

"One of them sneered, well what have we here? And I looked at the dragon, whose eyes filled with fear."

They snatch the dragon's teddy bear.

The girl stands up to the bullies and tells them what they are doing "isn't right!" She petitions the king and they have a roundtable discussion. The bully agrees to their terms and all is well in Camelot!

"So we rode through the country performing great  deeds,
Five noble knights on our trustworthy steeds.

And my good friend the dragon, who stood proud and tall,
Was the bravest and noblest knight of them all."
I am the children's librarian at one of our public library branches today and have recommended this clever childrens' book to several children and their families.

This is a great story for children on bullying. This is a great way to start a lesson and/or conversation on bullying.

I am  impressed with the "The Dragon's Decree" included at the end of the book where:

"I will use my words and actions to help, not harm.

If ever I or someone else is bullied, I will get help.

I will not encourage a bully.

I will learn to accept others for who they are and treat them with kindness."

There are tips included on what to do if you are being bullied: "If you are being bullied, remember the following:"
  • It's not your fault! No one deserves to be bullied, and there's nothing wrong with you."
You will have to read the book to see the five tips!

The book ends with a "stop the bullying" checklist to discuss and put into action. For example,
  • Remember to treat everyone the way you would like to be treated. Bullies often target people who are different in some way, such as how they look or dress. Learn to accept people for who they are. It is our differences that make each of us unique and special!"
You will need to read the book for the rest of the "stop the bullying" checklist!

All parents, teachers, and librarians should add this wonderful resource on bullying to their collection. This book is for children 4 years and older. You might have to explain some of the vocabulary words for the smaller children.

Here is the link on

Happy reading!

Until the next time!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!


  1. Good Afternoon
    My name is Elwynn Jones. I am a children’s author from Australia who will be travelling through the US in November 2010. Would you be interested in me conducting a school visit with my recently published book, Frank’s Frantic Friday? The book is suitable for 7-10 years old.

    Frank’s Frantic Friday is my first children’s book. You can view the front cover and the story outline as well as information about myself on my website

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Elwynn Jones

  2. Dear Elwynn:

    Thank you for this email. I can certainly see if St. Benedict the Moor School would be interested in you coming in and doing a story time with the children. How long will you be here in Pittsburgh because perhaps you can visit some of the Carnegie Library branches. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on this? Have a great day! Ida