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Baxter the Bunny is the fastest animal in the forest. Danny the Bear is the best dancer. Baxter and Danny like to run and dance together in the forest...until Buford Blue Jay comes along. Buford makes up mean names for all the animals in the forest.

With the help of Queen Beth of the Bees, Baxter and Danny learn how to start feeling better, and help the other animals in the forest feel better too. Together, they are able to stand up to Buford's bullying!

Includes a Note to Parents and Other Caregivers with more information about bullying and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience in children.

About the Author

James M. Foley, DEd, is a licensed psychologist who has recently retired from his private practice in Maine. He has served as a clinical director and member of a community mental health center children's service team and has extensive experience as a school psychologist and child and family therapist. He now resides in Sonoma County, CA, in close proximity to his two adult children, and serves as psychological consultant to a local school district.

Dr. Foley can be reached by email.

About the Illustrator

Shirley Ng-Benitez loves to draw! Nature, family, and fond memories of her youth inspire her mixed media illustrations. Since '98, she's owned Gabby & Company, designing, illustrating, and lettering for the technology, greeting card, medical, toy, and publishing industries. Currently, she's living her dream, illustrating and writing picture books in San Martin, CA, with her husband, two daughters, and pup, Zsófi.

Shirley is honored to have illustrated this book as well as Danny and the Blue Cloud and Baxter Turns Down His Buzz, by Dr. James Foley, published by Magination Press.

You can find more of her work on her website, Shirley Ng-Benitez Illustration.

Reviews & Awards

A charming fable about coping with bullying.
Midwest Book Review