ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two children’s books out this month deal with issues of importance to young readers, and, no less, to adults.
The bilingual book is “No More Bullies!/¡No más bullies!” written by Rudolfo Anaya, the dean of Chicano literature and the author of “Bless Me, Ultima,” and illustrated by Albuquerque fine artist El Moisés (Moisés Salcedo).
In the story, Jackie Jackalope is teased in her class at Wisdom School in Chimayó because she looks different. She has the long ears of a jackrabbit and the horns of an antelope. (Jackie is no stranger-looking than a unicorn.) A distraught Jackie leaves school for home.
So Ollie Tecolote, a young owl, and his buddy the winged Uno the Unicorn head out to apologize to Jackie for the class’s bad behavior. Ollie admits he had gone along with the teasing. The teacher advised that “remaining silent when something bad is going on is like being part of the badness.”