Thursday, July 12, 2012

being nice—plain and simple

PR Web: "...Short will introduce her anti-bullying themed book and program to hundreds of kids—offered within a high-energy assembly. The book, Zanda Humphrey’s Operation Nice, targets elementary school-aged children (K-5)—promoting a “be nice” message and emphasizing the importance of unity among children to eliminate bullying. The event offers a reading of the book, interactive activities, and a lot of dancing. “Operation Nice is about being nice—plain and simple,” Short stated. “Kids need this instilled early on so as they advance grades being kind becomes innate. I envision developing a full curriculum for Operation Nice that would run year long, every year, as kids move from kindergarten through fifth grade. With Operation Nice as a part of daily school life, it is far less likely that children will become bullies as they advance to middle and high school.” Operation Nice is the second book in the Zanda series. The book features lead character, Zanda Humphrey, a fourth grade scientist. Operation Nice introduces Zanda’s new invention, the BE-BOT (Bully Eliminator – Bio Optic Transformer)—a laser-zapping, caterpillar-crawling, “de-bullyizing” mini-bot. “Operation Nice is different from any other anti-bullying program because it’s tied to the book. The story engages kids from the start. They also develop an immediate loyalty to the book’s highly memorable characters, which drives them to continue Operation Nice in their own school.” Short stated. “Even better, the anti-bullying message is not one of retribution, but rather bullying is combated through acts of kindness and unity—and that’s the ideal message for kids" Short has received a great deal of interest in Operation Nice from national anti-bullying organizations, such as Defeat the Label. Short is working on partnerships with several outside organizations to advance a broad anti-bullying movement..." (Anti-Bullying Crusader and Michigan Author, Kristy Short, Answers Request from California Schools to Move Operation Nice Westward)

Zanda Humphrey is the smartest kid at Pepperkorn Elementary School…with the most interesting name. Her inventions, each one better than the one before, are typically the result of keeping her little brother, Phee, out of trouble. She invented Magic FabricGrow after Phee transformed their mother’s favorite tablecloth into a flag for his tree fort. Soaking the torn fabric in a pail of the pungent potion restored the tablecloth to new. When Phee spilled green dye on the family cat, Zanda’s Insta-ColorDuller turned the cat’s fur back to its normal gray. In the first book of the series, Zanda's Big Sweet Invention, Zanda creates the Cake-o-matic—the world's first magic cupcake-making machine. In the second book, Operation Nice, Zanda creates an anti-bullying machine—the BE-BOT (Bully Eliminator - Bio Optic Transformer). Learn more about Zanda and her little brother Phee...her parents, her laboratory, and her super-sized imagination (Zanda Humphrey Book Series).

Kristy Short, Ed.D, has been writing stories for kids since she was a kid herself—creating her first book when she was in the 3rd grade. Also the author of The Dirt Bottom Holler Club, a young adult chapter book, she has a clear passion for writing creative stories about magical inventions and exciting adventures. At the heart of all her stories is a love and necessity for active, perpetual imagination. The Big Sweet Invention and Operation Nice are part of the author's Zanda Humphrey series for young readers (Operation Nice).

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Bullying is an abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "targeted individual" (Wikipedia).