Children Fiction posted February 7, 2018 Chapters:  ...16 17 -18- 19 


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Flower Power book.

A chapter in the book Power of the Flower: Flower Power

Bullying be gone Part IV

by Rasmine




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TY, Mark Flood, illustrator extraordinaire.
It was six weeks since Flower Power introduced Mrs. Petals to his sensei, Goldie.  One of the parents had said he disagreed with bullies having low self-esteem.  The same parent said that bullies have high self-esteem.  Flower was going to a meeting with parents, flowerlings, teachers, and students. 
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Flower stood next to Mrs. Petals near the podium.  She smiled reassuringly and then went to sit in the audience.  He recognized all the flowerlings in Mrs. Petal’s classroom.  Then he got a shock – Rose was right in the front row.  He had just mentioned this and didn’t know that she was going to come here.  She smiled at him; he smiled back. 

He walked up to the podium and tapped the microphone to see if it was on.  It was, so he cleared his throat. 

“Hello, I’m Flower Power.”

The flowerlings started their usual ‘Flower Power’ chant.  Then he noticed Rose was also chanting.  He grinned and addressed the flowerlings. 

“Please, flowerlings, please.”

It grew quiet.  Flower began.

“Hello, I hope everyone is doing well.  I teach the flowerlings in my former teacher’s classroom.  Some parents have questioned my saying that bullies have low self-esteem.  Let us begin.”

One parent stood up, but only one.  “Mr. Power, I read a bully is found to have high self-esteem.”

Flower noticed Seedling Row was sitting next to the parent.  He smiled at Seedling and looked back at his father. 

“Mr. Row, do you think a bully would be able to hurt someone else and really like themselves?”

Mr. Row frowned.  He looked at Flower then at his son. 

“No, I guess not.”

“Then maybe the self-esteem isn’t real.  A bully would probably say ‘Yes, I am always right’, making them seem to have high self-esteem.”

He nodded and sat back next to Seedling Row. 

The mother of the Black Eyed Susans stood up. 

“Mr. Flower Power, my flowerlings love you!”

Flower Power blushed and looked down.  “Thank you.”

“I have a question, though.  If someone feels really good about themselves, wouldn’t they point out the faults in another?”

Flower frowned and then grinned.  “Well, I think if they wanted to help them.”

She smiled and sat down. 

Mrs. Petals stood up.  “Hello, Flower.  If a flowerling picks on another, maybe something could be happening at home.  What do you think?”

Flower smiled at her and nodded.  “If the self-esteem exercises do not work, maybe there is a problem somewhere else.”

“Okay, thank you, Flower.”

No one else got up.  Flower Power took a deep breath and then glanced at everyone; his glance was longest at Rose, he was so happy she came.  It had been a great evening.   
   
 


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In the current psychological literature, it is reported that bullies have high self-esteem. I do not think so. I have a BA in psych, and was studying for a MA in the subject, so I'm not some silly person just making something up. This self-esteem that the bullies have is not true self-esteem. If someone truly loved themselves there would be, like Flower Power says, NO NEED TO HURT ANOTHER!

MK Flood, again, thank you, for your awesome artwork!

Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.
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