Introducing The Little Blue Worm
Written and Illustrated By Z.B. Sanders
Genres: Parent Participation In Education and Early Childhood Education
This is a children’s book written for all ages on the topic of “bullying.” This is a modern adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling” in order to discuss bullying openly. This story was made as a visual aid resource for teachers, parents, coaches, teens or children.
This book was written for teachers or parents who want to address the topic of bullying without having to single-out a bully or a victim. Children live in a different world of having to learn lessons in school, while also learning who they are, and how they are perceived. Many times, especially with children, bullies don’t understand what they did “wrong.” Especially if they are just mimicking behavior they see at home, in movies, or bigger kids and siblings. For kids who feel bullied, it may be even harder to address the issue because “telling” might only make things worse and embarrass them. How can we address an issue, as adults, if there is seemingly “nothing wrong?” The answer is in this children’s book that allows children to see the world through the eyes of a growing worm. The back of the book invites an open discussion to give children the opportunity to address the topic of bullying first without making anyone uncomfortable.
Eric H. S. – 5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and discussions about bullying!
I got this book to read with my kids and I was so pleasantly surprised on the topic. The book is not only a great kids book but also cover a very important topic about bullying. The author has a few pages of open discussing topics that you can use in your home or at a school environment. This book is worth every penny.
Pages From The Book
The book is written by a former art teacher who understands how to spark an energy of cooperation in a classroom. The “art” background provides the book with engaging colors and shapes. For example, the color “blue” for the main character was selected because it is recognized internationally as the color for “anti-bullying.” This book is a lesson in colors, counting, and basics, as well as “the golden rule.”
Treat others as you would like to be treated. ~Confucius (Chinese Philosopher)
Written and illustrated by art teacher and artist : Z.B. Sanders
Translated into a “Learn Spanish/Learn English” version. Translated Portuguese version soon to be available on Amazon. Portuguese translation by “Valter Assis” (acclaimed Brazilian author).
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Z. B. Sanders is also recognized as the author/illustrator behind the book “Hands.”
Hands is an educational and entertaining look into the world of art.
Losing a job unexpectedly can send a person careening down a hole of “now what?” This is where the story starts for the loveable-loser protagonist, Benny Fisher. As an unemployed soul-searcher, he uses a blind date to distract himself for just a night. This creates a much bigger dilemma when he finds himself in love with the art-loving Margo. Benny decides to cover up his recent unemployment by pretending that he is a professional artist to provide her with an impressive facade. The façade becomes real to him after an accident leaves him asking about his identity and receiving his own made-up explanation back. Through a series of comical events, the audience learns art through the eyes of a clumsy beginner posing as a real artist (who has no idea he is not a real artist.) Inspired by Cervantes’s imagination-driven classic, Don Quixote. Through comedy, readers receive an entertaining and comprehensive explanation of art like no other. This is a read for all intellect levels, comical enough to capture the imagination of children and complex enough to offer intellectuals some metaphors, nuggets of wisdom, and deeper meanings. This story is, refreshingly, so well-planned that it will take the reader on a full-circle journey while being riddled with unexpected twists and turns sure to keep the pages turning to the very end. Such a colorful subject vies for an equally colorful explanation. I recognized the need for a book about art tailored to people who don’t understand art after an unresolved “agree-to-disagree” discussion with a businessman who saw little practical use for art within society. I went on to write “Hands” as a response. “Hands” is intended to be a look at art from the perspective of a person with no background in art, but who is trying to understand it. Unlike sitting in a cold classroom, reading a text-book, or even going on a museum visit, a cast of charismatic characters bring this explanation to life as they tumble into art topics through a series of comical misunderstandings which entice a reader to exercise their own imagination in following along. Through the use of colorful scenes, characters, humor and illustrations, “Hands” is “a work of art,” a story about modern art telling the story of modern art. I found it fitting that a professional artist, such as myself, should offer an explanation about art that considers the “why, what, and how” behind artworks, where other art books fail to explain the creative process (an essential component in understanding art and artists). I used my own expertise of the creative process and art background to construct “Hands” as an easy-to-read introduction to art, creativity, and art history.