The Story of Bill and His House on the Hill is a fun, poignant children's book about anti-bullying, creativity and leadership. It tells the tale of a man with grass hair who is rejected by society because of his different appearance, and his journey of attempting to find friends and overcome the obstacles thrown onto his path by prejudice. Bill reinvents a language that bypasses discrimination and connects people through the heart, and ultimately brings peace to the world through this new, universal language. Bill's rhyming, surprising and intelligent journey aims to educate minds of all ages to become critical thinkers and take action towards a kinder world. This adult-book-in-disguise also includes a fun yet thought-provoking activity and discussion guide called "Beyond the Green Noggin", for the use of parents and teachers. Join the adventure!
“...A fantastic story that lends itself to discussing important topics pertaining to bullying, xenophobia, friendship and even the environment. My students were enthralled...Unlike many picture books about bullying and/or friendship, the depth of the topics in Cooper’s book lent themselves to encourage a rich and meaningful...platform for students to enga-ge in the subject matter in a mature and age-appropriate manner. I highly recommend this book not only for educators, but for parents as well.”
“Every child’s heart will be touched and connected to others’ through this book, and our children, and the child in us all, will feel joy as we go about our day.”
"Your book is so cool! If you didn’t write other story books, I hope you will!"
"I like your amazing book."
"I really like the way you shared a lesson at the end! That everybody is unique and different and not to judge people in the way they look."
"I really like that you stood up for people that were different. Why is Bill’s hair green and is not other colors? PS I Loooooooooove TapTap."
"I really liked the unique story line you gave."
"Fantastic book - we thoroughly enjoyed it. Very thought provoking for adults and children alike. Students will find that it helps in understanding and dealing with diversity and bullying. I hope it tours all schools in Canada."
"...This is a beautifully illustrated story that should find a wide audience with young people. It is told in a wonderfully quirky voice, drawing on the author’s ability to use language in unusual and compelling ways, sketch warm and engaging characters, and bring the tale alive with detailed drawings. I would encourage you to take a close look at this gem of a book. It holds much wisdom, is great fun to read aloud, and will inspire importantdiscussion.”
"I have read and re-read The Story of Bill and His House on the Hill and each time I find a new and delightful metaphor or thought about friendship, bullying, prejudice, and love. The colourful illustrations are whimsical and support the story's messages of tolerance and acceptance. I particularly enjoy the metaphors with the hedgehog about finding ways to communicate when traditional ways are unavailable. It is a great book for kids and parents and teachers that presents bullying from a different angle than one of kids punching a kid in the playground or sending threatening Facebook texts. It goes to the heart of intolerance with language that a person of any age can understand and appreciate - from toddlers to the elderly.
Yam Cooper's suggested discussion topics and activities at the end of the book provide a wonderful launch to further discussions among any age group or groups of mixed ages."