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Sarah the Seven-Legged Spider
Karen Gallagher

There is a book a friend of mine gave me that I had both my children read.It’s called Sarah the Seven-Legged Spider.

The premise of the story is Sarah, the spider is born with only seven legs and she is made fun of and bullied by all the other bugs that have all their legs.

Her parents try to instill in her that it is always the best policy to be nice to the other bugs, even when they are being unfair and mean.

Sarah repeatedly tells her self, “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil”.

Through out the book Sarah tries to keep her head up and overcome the everyday comments and being treated like she is a freak.

I grabbed this book because it is very timely right now for a lot of people, my family being no exception.

With all the recent news coverage of new anti-bulling efforts in schools, I wanted by kids to try to understand that even though those in power my try, well sort of, that they themselves can take a stand and be strong against the bullying.

I try very hard to instill into my children that it is no fun to be bullied and it is definitely not OK to be the bully!

We as parents need to take an active roll in how our children treat each other and others around them.

At the end of the book Sarah gives seven great lessons, I think we could all learn from.

We should all be more respectful of others just because they may be different, doesn’t mean they don’t have the same feelings we do.

Here are the seven lessons;

1:  Follow the Golden Rule.  If you don’t know what that is, “Treat others as one would like others to treat oneself”.

2: Do your very best.

3: Develop your own talents.

4: Believe in yourself.

5: Don not compare yourself to others.

6: Study hard.

7: Bullying is hurtful and wrong!

Pick up a copy of the book, Sarah the Seven-Legged Spider,  you won’t be sorry.

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