I was recently sent a set of 3 books from the series Captain McFinn and Friends. The creator, Phyllis Cafaro, takes a stab at a very serious problem that faces our children each and every day. The subject of bullying. I am very new to the concept as my son has just started kindergarten today. It is with a heavy heart, I read these stories and hope my son is safe in school, on the bus, and in a few years…online.
I am happy that Phyllis Cafaro, has decided to write this thoughtful and engaging series of stories based on such colorful undersea characters. Lets take a minute and meet them, shall we?
CAPTAIN McFINN ~ Once the biggest bully on Sand Dusty reef, McFinn, a blacktip reef shark, renounced his bullying ways when the Undersea Friends showed him the virtues of helping and caring for others.
THREE TOOTH ~ Originally named Four-Tooth, Three-Tooth the rabbitfish got his new name after losing one of his teeth while helping free McFinn from a tight situation. As Captain McFinn’s loyal, best friend, Three-Tooth’s curiosity gets the pair into many adventures.
BELLA THE ANGEL FISH ~ Bella is known throughout Sand Dusty Reef for her kindness. Though McFinn was a big bully, Bella did not hesitate to help him when he was in trouble. As a kind soul, she sees the good in everyone.
INKY THE OCTOPUS ~ Inky’s boundless friendship is a great gift to everyone living at Sand Dusty Reef. His eight gentle arms and legs are always available to reach out to help his friends and give them many hugs.
CORAL ROSE THE PRINCESS BETWEEN THE TIDES ~ Coral Rose is a beautiful young girl whose throne sits upon an enchanted coral reef. Following the pull of the tides, Coral Rose travels all over the world to coral reefs that are in need of her magical healing power. When her work is done and the reefs are healthy once more the tide brings her safely home.
G.E.M. ~ The Great Eco Machine, better known as G.E.M, evolves into anything she wants so that she can help her best friend Coral Rose clean up the ocean.
TOX ~ Before McFinn stopped being a bully, Tox was his right-fin fish. For such a small fish Tox has a mean streak a mile long. A species all his own, he prides himself on being a bully.
STINK ~ As one of the mean Bully Brothers, Stink is rarely seen without Stank. He’s a species all his own. He’s one of the bullies of Sand Dusty Reef and he loves to pick on fish smaller than him.
STANK ~ Stank is the other Bully Brother. He is always seen by his brother’s side, even though Stink makes fun of him all the time. Not one to think for himself, Stank does whatever the other bullies do.
This book series is aimed towards promoting kindness and friendship for children ages 4-8 and in exchange for my review I was sent these 3 stories:
Captain McFinn and Friends Rock
The Legend of Captain McFinn and Friends
Captain McFinn and Friends Rock Meet Coral Rose
The cast of characters live together in Sand Dusty Reef. What I liked most about these stories is that they focus not only on bullying, but other very important subjects that affect the world in which we live. Each story touches on environmental awareness and recycling. I think we should teach our children at a very young age the importance of reusing items. Before we throw anything away in our home, we always take a moment to decide how it can be re-purposed. I love that this book series reflects what I try to teach my son. It’s just another way to reinforce values. As Captain McFinn would agree, Children learn from what we do, not just what we say.
I hope you take a moment to visit Captain McFinn and all his friends online at:
They have all sorts of games, coloring pages, sing a longs, along with fun ocean facts! and be sure to like Captain McFinn and Friends on facebook too!
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