Pupils at a Pebmarsh school were recently treated to a reading of a book which encourages them to join together to beat bullying.
Children’s author Josie Dom - the pseudonym of Halstead mum-of-two Sara Prince - shared her story about a monster who makes a habit of frightening people until he is shown a kinder way to act.
The KS1 pupils enjoyed a fun session including readings of Lum, drawing, colouring, and a special hunt for pictures of the monster around the school.
The book’s plot follows Lum as he scares a group of children until they help each other to stand up to him and realise that he is only seeking friendship and acceptance.
Mrs Prince, 45, of Churchill Avenue, found inspiration for the story through her experiences of being bullied in her childhood and as an adult.
She said: “Lum starts the story by bullying the children, but when the children show him kindness, he learns to behave kindly himself.
“I hope that the young children hear the message that being kind to others is important.”