This month, I’m hosting Day 3 of the Virtual Book Tours for all
the children’s book authors/illustrators who are part of the
October Showcase at the National Writing for Children Center.
Today, I’m pleased to be hosting Day 1 of the tour for authors
Alexa and Monique Peters. These ladies will be offering us trade
book tips for teachers.
In our featured book, Cooper and Me and the First Halloween, we
find Cooper and Trooper putting on Halloween masks, hiding
behind a bush and scaring smaller pups. In a gentle way, the
authors demonstrate that the two bigger pups were bullying
smaller dogs, who perhaps couldn’t stick up for themselves.
Teachers can use this text to help students discuss what to do if
they think someone is bullying them (or a friend).
Bullies often pick on someone that they have power over. Cooper
and Trooper wanted to scare the smaller pups.
-What is a bully?
-Can someone be a bully without meaning to be?
-What is the difference between “fooling around” and being a
-Discuss how the characters in this book handled the situation.
-Discuss ideas on how to prevent bullying behavior in your
An additional talking point that the teacher could discuss with the
Don’t determine the worth of someone based on his/her appearance.
In the book, the two bigger dogs decide to hide behind bushes and
jump out to scare the smaller dogs passing by. To their surprise,
the smallest pup of all, Bella, doesn’t run off. Instead, she uses her
magic powers to teach Cooper and Trooper a lesson.
Often times great qualities, don’t necessarily show up right away
but once they do, you may be gaining a valuable relationship that
may have been missed by judging so quickly.
Follow all 7 authors on their 7-day Virtual Book Tours and leave
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