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The Berenstain Bears and the Bully is a book in the Berenstain Bear series. It was published on October 19th 1993.
One day Papa, Mama, and Brother Bear are out in the yard when Sister Bear comes home crying with her clothes and hair bow ripped. When Mama and Papa try to ask Sister what happened she doesn't answer but when Brother suggests that she might of gotten beaten up Sister says that she did get beaten up by a bully named Tuffy. Mama and Papa take Sister into the house and after getting her a glass of water she tells them that she, Lizzy Bruin, and Queenie McBear were playing at the playground when a cub named Tuffy tripped her and when Sister tried to defend herself Tuffy punched her really hard and made her fall on her back and sat on top of her rubbing dirt in her face.
Meanwhile Brother goes to the playground and finds Lizzy and Queenie and asks them where this Tuffy is (whom Brother thinks is a boy) but Lizzy and Queenie point nervously to the bathrooms to which Brother notices a girl coming out of the bathroom with a shirt that says Tuffy on it and Brother realizes that Tuffy is a girl not a boy and that he can't hit a girl and when Tuffy learns that Brother is Sister's brother she makes fun of him calling him chicken just like his sister to which Brother walks away sadly. On his way home Brother stops at school and gets some fighting stuff from the gym and after dinner teaches Sister some fighting moves so she can stand up for herself if Tuffy tries to bully her again to which Sister proves to be a good fighter.
On Monday and Tuesday Sister keeps an eye on Tuffy to which Tuffy doesn't do anything but on Wednesday she notices Tuffy throwing stones at a baby bird that can't fly yet. When Sister shouts at Tuffy to leave the bird alone Tuffy rushes at her and tries to hit her but Sister ducks and uses her right hand to smack Tuffy on the nose causing it to bleed. Then a recess teacher picks them up and takes them into Mr. Honeycomb, the principal's office. While Sister and Tuffy wait outside the principal's office Sister sees Tuffy crying and when Sister asks Tuffy why she's crying Tuffy tells her that if the principal calls her parents she won't be able to sit down for a long time. This makes Sister wonder if the reason that Tuffy bullied her was because she got hit a lot at home by her parents.
In the end another recess teacher tells Mr. Honeycob that Sister was just trying to protect a baby bird and Mr. Honeycomb lets Sister off with a warning and doesn't call Tuffy's parents but she did lose a week of recess and has to visit the school counsilor for a while.
- Papa Bear
- Mama Bear
- Brother Bear
- Sister Bear
- Lizzy Bruin
- Queenie McBear
- Too-Tall Grizzly
- Mr. Honeycomb (debut)
- This is Tuffy's only appearance
- This marks the first appearance of Mr. Honeycomb.
- This in one of few times in a kids book where domestic violence is implied.