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Children's Bookwatch: March 2017
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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"Apollo the Misguided Missile" is a creative children's anti-bullying fable with a unique blended approach. Told in straightforward narrative verse, carefully illustrated with colorful story tale pictures of the settings of the warlike tribe of Boar, the peaceful Village of Bliss, and the vast jungle along Whisper Creek. The Boar ruler, King Grump ordered Apollo, a missile, created to destroy the walls of the Village of Bliss so that the Boar could own and control it completely. When the people of the Village of Bliss were warned by a traveling parrot of the Boar King's warlike intent for Apollo to destroy their walls, they were unable to determine a good defensive strategy together. However, one girl named Grace and one boy named Iggy suggested that someone should try to talk to the missile to persuade it not to attack. Amazing as it sounds, Iggy resolved to travel to the site of the Boars and talk to Apollo to try to persuade the missile not to destroy the Village of Bliss and its walls. Braving dangers and four days of travel through a dark jungle, Iggy arrived at the site of the Boars' and Apollo the missile. Finding it quiet because all the Boars were gone on another warlike mission, Iggy politely asked Apollo when he was scheduled to fly. Amazingly, this is what happened: "Apollo was shocked, for you don't usually find people talking to missiles, so pleasant and kind. 'Well gosh, I'm not sure, I believe Christmas Day,' Apollo continued, 'I will be on my way.' Iggy spoke to Apollo of wrong and of right, of love and of peace and that first Christmas night. And when he was finished, when the story was through, Apollo the Missile did not know what to do! 'I can't hurt your people or blow up the land. I won't spoil Christmas. I now understand!' 'I promise you, Iggy, I promise you all, when Christmas arrives, I WILL NOT SMASH YOUR WALL!'" The story continues with some heart stopping twists and turns, but in the end, all works out well, with the final moral summing up: "And so ends our story, but please don't lose sight that being a bully can never be right. Try talking with others and hear what they say, for hurting each other is never the way!" The last page of "Apollo the Misguided Missile" is a discussion page with questions for young readers to debate and answer. Further discussion questions are offered at www.gwwilkins.com/discussionaboutApollo. "Apollo the Misguided Missile" is an excellent, creative resource for students, teachers, caregivers, and parents concerned with approaches to resolving problems of bullying.
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