Here's a fun book to talk about bullying. This book, Enemy Pie, is about a little boy who for the first time has an enemy. He's actually jealous that the boy plays with his best friend and invites everyone but him to his birthday party, but he doesn't see it that way. He has decided that this is his first enemy and an enemy list in his tree house is required. He asks his dad how to deal with his enemy and his dad suggests making an enemy pie. He brainstorms all the gross things that could go into the pie and is surprised when his dad makes the pie out of yummy things. But, his dad makes sense, "Who would want to eat the pie if it was yucky?" His dad then tells him that for enemy pie to work, he has to be nice to his enemy and spend a whole day playing with him before he eats the pie. The boy agrees and in the end, realizes, he actually likes his enemy.
When I read this book to my students, we brainstormed things we might put in our own enemy pies.
After the story, we talked about why he liked his enemy in the end (he didn't know him at first and in the end realized they had lots in common), then we made our own enemy pies. The students had a great time. I did this with Kindergarten to Grade 2 students.
How to Make an Enemy Pie
- Red, blue, and brown construction paper
- Cans for drawing circles (coffee cans work well)
- Demonstrate how to make the pie
- Ask, what goes on the bottom of a pie?
- Trace a circle onto brown paper & cut it out for the crust (write your name on the bottom)
- Ask, what might go into the pie?
- Cut strips of blue or red paper, then cut into little squares for berries
- Glue the berries onto the crust
- Talk about how sometimes pies have strips of crust on top
- Cut strips of brown construction paper for the crust strips and glue them on
- Lay flat to dry