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‘Michelangelo Tangelo - A Bully No More’



'Michelangelo Tangelo – A Bully No More' is the third book in the Michelangelo Tangelo series. This story takes place in the ancient fantasy land of Fruitasia. In this story, Penelope Pear overcomes her struggle to combat peer pressure to bully another fruit being (Alice Apple), but not until she first participates in bullying Alice.

After bullying Alice, she has an encounter with the Great Gardener who makes her aware that her actions were wrong and that her friends who have influenced her to bully Alice Apple are not true friends. As a result, Penelope examines her behavior, makes a courageous decision to become accountable for her actions, and discovers the meaning of true friendship.



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Peer pressure exists at every level and stage of development and is a factor in influencing behavior, especially in youth and adolescents. While the root causes of bullying are more than one dimensional, there is wide spread agreement that peer pressure is one factor for some who participate in bullying. The story of Penelope Pear and her realization that she was wrong to participate in bullying is currently in revision and will be finished before the end of September, 2015. The revised version will include a supplemental section at the end of the story that provides parents and teachers with discussion topics and student exercises that children can work on to assess their understanding of the issues of peer pressure and the recognition for fair treatment of others. In addition to the storybook, we have created a teacher workbook. The 14 page workbook provides a facilitation guide that allows students to perform exercises, analysis and role playing scenarios. It provides teachers a step by step to instruct students to recognize the signs of peer pressure and its influence as depicted in ‘Michelangelo Tangelo - A Bully No More’. You may download your free electronic copy of the workbook here: Michelangelo Tangelo - A Bully No More

Endorsements:

“This book brings a fresh new approach through its characters to the issue of bullying, which is so relevant for today. This story is written in such a way that the characters reveal to the reader how a bully works but also how you can be strong and take a stand against bullying. The characters appeal to all ages and whether you may be a bully or the one bullied you can identify with the message in this book.”  Helen Tracy, School Psychologist

"What a sensitive and well written book this is!  Elementary and middle school children will learn about bullying, and that they can choose to not be a bully. A corresponding lesson is that children have a choice to not destroy other lives by insensitive words and hateful behavior; but to treat others the way they want to be treated."  Cynthia G. Langley, MSW, LCSW - CGL Counseling, Cerritos, CA 

“Our students need to understand the impact their words and actions have on others. The characters enable students to embrace the responsibility of treating others with dignity, kindness, and respect. This book helps students understand that even though they come in various shapes, colors, and sizes, in the end, they’re all the same and need love, acceptance and forgiveness.” Teresa Antonellis Savedra, SDC Teacher, Lomitas Career Academy, Victorville, California

‘Michelangelo Tangelo - The Search for Self Identity’



Michelangelo Tangelo uses fantasy 'fruit beings' as metaphors to portray the shame and confusion that may occur when bi-racial individuals allow negative racial stereotypes to shape their self image. The bible teaches that God is not a ‘respecter of persons’, that is to say he does not show partiality to anyone. As society becomes more diverse, the story of Michelangelo Tangelo will remind us that our purpose and identity are revealed to us through a rightful relationship with our heavenly father.


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Michelangelo Tangelo being read to a 5th Grade Class: Video

Michelangelo Tangelo - The Search For Self Identity' may be used for diversity awareness education. The storybook is currently in revision and will be finished before the end of September, 2015. The revised version will include a supplemental section at the end of the story that provides parents and teachers with discussion topics and student exercises that children can work on to assess their understanding of some of the issues that biracial or multicultural children face regarding race and self perception.

Endorsements:

“Michelangelo Tangelo is a sensitively written and charmingly illustrated tale for any child who has ever felt different in some significant way from his peers....The realization that each child, no matter the child, is special in their own  unique way is a gift that each child should receive.” Marlene Ochetti, PhD, LCSW, Los Angeles, CA

“There are many important life lessons to be learned from this book for children of  all ethnicities. This story would be a great starter for conversations and writing about how we see each other and how we get along.” Stephen Vaughn, Area Director- San Bernardino County Schools, Southern CA

“As a 5th grade teacher working with students from various backgrounds and cultural differences, I found “Michelangelo” to be an insightful story that encourages much needed conversation about blended families, identity issues and self esteem. The story illustrates the importance of self acceptance. The beauty of this book is its usefulness in the school classroom and libraries, where kids can learn they are not alone. My students loved the warm, bright tones that balance perfectly with this lovely, thought-provoking tale. Highly recommended for all age levels.” Jackie Lester - Challenger School of Sports & Fitness, Victorville, CA

Student Comments:

“I think the drawings are sooo awesome...I feel Mikey’s point of view...I love the book! I understand how hard it is for him to be a mixture...Wiley worm is very mean...he is bad and resembles a bully and Mickey is the kid he picked on...It is a very beautiful book.”

“The art is really neat and good. My favorite character is Michelangelo. I think the author’s purpose was to show and teach you to be proud of your race and who or what you are. I think this is a cool story and I can’t wait for it to be published.”

“I really liked how you did the characters. They act like they are real humans. The setting is really nice because they use leaves for chairs and everything else... I think the author’s purpose was to don’t try to be anyone else and who ever you are, you are amazing. I also thought that it was don’t disrespect anyone.”

“Talking fruits, kids will like that idea. It also teaches kids not to judge each other. Art looks real good. Fruits are alive. I like how you say planted and not born. If you are different people should not judge you. I like the Great Gardener because he helped Michelangelo.”

“I think the author’s purpose is that you have to be happy the way you are because thats how you were meant to be...its not like any book I’ve read...my favorite character is Pumkin Sumpthin.”

“The characters are very nice and mean sometimes but they could be funny also. The art is fascinating to see and also funny because their names and faces. I think the author’s purpose is don’t feel bad of what you are and don’t feel like you need to change.”

“The characters are one of a kind and I love stories that have originality. I think the author’s purpose is to accept who you are. I think Michelangelo was the best character because he learned to accept who he is.”


‘Michelangelo Tangelo - Releasing The Past’



Michelangelo Tangelo - Releasing The Past is the story of Grumpy Grapefruit. Grumpy is bitter because he endured ridicule and scorn as a young grapefruit and his sour attitude is ruining all his relationships! Michelangelo Tangelo desires to help his friend over come this bitterness however before that can happen, Grumpy Grapefruit must make the difficult journey back in his past for closure to the causes of his bitterness.


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The story of Grumpy Grapefruit and his journey to forgiveness is told in the book ‘Michelangelo Tangelo - Releasing The Past. ‘Michelangelo Tangelo - Releasing The Past is currently in revision and will be finished before the end of September, 2015. The revised version will include a supplemental section at the end of the story that provides parents and teachers with discussion topics and student exercises that children can work on to assess their understanding of the issues as depicted in Michelangelo Tangelo Releasing the Past (the story of Grumpy Grapefruit).

Endorsements:

“As a mother, teacher and wife of a pastor, I see great value in the concepts that are presented in this beautifully written and illustrated book. The issue of a child being able to forgive an abusive father is a very real and prevalent issue today. I feel this book could be useful in helping children to understand some of these issues. The allegory of ‘Grumpy’ Grapefruit changing into ‘Grateful’ Grapefruit is so uplifting and meaningful!” Anita Reinebach, RSP Teacher, Green Tree Elementary

"Will you please forgive me?" Grumpy asked. The voice of forgiveness has the power to transform our lives and give all of us a renewed sense of hope, joy, and love. This is an insightful and inspiring story that is very real and relevant for so many of our children today. Only forgiveness can silence the painful voice of hurt that grabs our attention and so often steals our joy and success. As Grateful Grapefruit learned, only forgiveness can break the cycle of hurt and blame. Through forgiveness, we can have victory, and live a changed life.
Cynthia Gutierrez,MA, Program Specialist, Special Education Local Plan Area Desert/Mountain

“There is great healing for children and adults in reading "Michelangelo Tangelo - Releasing The Past."  Sometimes we don't know why we behave the way that we do towards others or ourselves.  Grumpy Grapefruit learns to understand his parents and their beliefs, attitudes, and values. He makes a powerful choice to confront and forgive and what freedom he gains”!  Reverend Cynthia Rhodes Langley, MSW, LCSW