Jody is born without a long bushy tail like other squirrels, but he is happy until the Bully Brothers call him ugly names and treat him roughly.
Grandma Cole and the other animals in the backyard come to Jody's aid along with his mother, brother, and sister.
New rules are set by Grandma Cole about how the Bullies must treat Jody and they are sent away until they can learn some manners. Life is happy again.
At the back of the book you will find material for children, teachers, parents, and group leaders that address the issues of bullying.
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Jody and the Backyard Bullies
By Elizabeth C Burgess, Melanie DeLoach
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Jody lived with his squirrel family in a nest in an old oak tree. The tree was the biggest one in Grandma Cole's backyard.
Jody was a special baby squirrel. He was born without a long brown tail like his mother, his sister Karrie and his brother Scott. Instead he was born with a short puffy tail.
On the warm spring day the Dogwood trees were in full bloom.
The azalea bushes were bursting with color.
Mama Squirrel decided to take her babies out of the nest for the first time.
"We are scared! We think we want to wait until tomorrow!" chattered Karrie and Scott.
"There is a wonderful world to explore!" shouted Jody.
Mama squirrel smiled. Her smallest child was her bravest child.
"Let's all be brave like Jody" said Mama.
"Jody you follow me, then Karrie and last Scott" said Mama.
Mama squirrel kept glancing back at Jody. She knew he might have trouble balancing without a tail. Jody followed her closely.
Mama's tail tickled Jody's nose. He fell down through the branches into a nest with a baby bird.
Mama rescued Jody and carried him to the ground.
Once they were settled on the ground Mama said, "Look, Grandma Cole is bringing out seeds, nuts, and corn for us and the birds to eat. The rabbits and chipmunks are coming too. She will fill the birdbaths and pans with fresh water."
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