Captain McFinn & Friends: Anti-bulling, Eco Conscience Kid Books
Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!
Captain McFinn & Friends, created by Phyllis Cafaro, is a series of colorful, bright, fun books filled with a variety of characters just like in our oceans with fun names like Stink & Stank, the mean barracuda brothers. The stories share positive messages for young children targeting ages K-3rd grade aiming to teach important life lessons. Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is the underlying theme in these books.
I have read The Legend of Captain McFinn and Friends and Captain McFinn and Friends Meet Coral Rose both to my 5-year-old. She really loves the pictures and the funny characters. Even the bullies are entertaining and clearly the “bad guys” as she calls them. In her pre-k class they talked a lot about being a bully. One for rules, Vivi really latched onto this concept and likes to show her friends the books when they come over. In Captain McFinn and Friends Meet Coral Rose the message of taking care of our oceans and the environment is reinforced with a robot created by the sea animals called G.E.M., the great eco machine. The pages are filled with big bright illustrations, perfect for reading to a group of kids. Vivi has requested the new book Captain McFinn and Friends Rock! when it is released this month. There is also an activity and sticker book available now, The Finn-Tastic Activity Book.
I’ll be excited to see their Mobile App and eBook, which will be available as a free download this fall for all iOS and Android platforms, Barnes and Noble NOOK and Amazon Kindle devices. This will surely strengthen the branding and anti-bullying message. There is a CD out as well, which we listened to. The songs are nice and entertaining for kids and not too kid-like to be irritating for parents. I totally see how Captain McFinn and friends could become animated and marketed to help educate and bring awareness to their anti-bullying message.
Shark Patrol is a new program that will begin in the fall – Captain McFinn’s S.H.A.R.K Patrol where students will learn how: (S)tudents (H)elp (A)chieve (R)espect and (K)indness. This in school program will initiate anti-bullying groundwork. The schools will receive folders classroom tools and materials. For more information or to be contacted when the materials are available you can email them at: email@example.com.
You can find the books, and cd on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, other booksellers nationwide and the Captain McFinn official website. A portion of the proceeds from Captain McFinn and Friends product sales will benefit the Captain McFinn Foundation, which supports a variety of children’s charities.