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The cover to Bullies Once Upon a Time and Now. The book was illustrated by Schubert's son Curt Otto.
November 22, 2011 | 08:45 AMWALWORTH — When Trudy Schubert was on the Fontana Elementary School Board, she was asked to give the commencement address at the eighth-grade graduation ceremony.
The next day, feeling good about the speech, a prominent community member approached her and said, "I heard it was short, sweet and nothing — just like you."
So, even as an adult, Schubert felt the wrath of a bully, and the snide remark cut deep. When asked who made the comment, Schubert decline to dish out the information. After all, she felt that would embarrass him and be a form of bullying.
This incident, and many others, inspired Schubert to write "Bullies Once Upon a Time and Now." Her book examines popular fairy tales, and talks about the bullying involved in those stories.
For instance, Cinderella and Snow White were bullied by their wicked and jealous siblings and step mothers. Her book encourages victims of bullying to talk to their teachers, parents and police about the incident.
Schubert's plan is to have Walworth police officers read the book to students at the local elementary school. She feels having a uniformed officers talking to kids about bullying will provide a powerful message to bullies and their prey.
"What a nice impression that will make to have the children be read to about bullying at the school by police officers," she said.
Schubert said with bullying receiving so much attention on the national news she felt it was the perfect time to write this type of book.
"Being bullied myself, I though all these kids are still going through the same thing."
Her son, Curt, illustrated the book, which is black and white and can be colored by kids.
The book also has a local flavor, all of the characters in the book carry some likeness to people in the village. In the book's drawings, Snow White is based on Police Administrative Assistant Rhonda Schwartz and her seven dwarfs, are police officers.
Other local people who don likeness to the book's characters are Walworth Elementary School Administrator Pam Knorr, teacher Kathy Boldger, Building Inspector Ron Nyman, crossing guard Delby Long and many others.
"There were all so eager to be part of it," she said.
Donating the proceeds to WCAC
The book will be sold at the Walworth Police Department for $5.
Schubert won't make a fortune off of the book. In fact, she doesn't even plan on covering her own costs and will donate all the proceeds to the Walworth County Alliance for Children.
Last week, Schubert met with District Attorney Phillip Koss, who is the president of the WCAC, to learn more about the organization.
She said she left the meeting feeling she wanted to do more to help the group, which assists children who are victims of neglect, sexual and physical abuse.
"It is similar to bullying in the sense that you keep it inside and you don't tell anyone," Schubert said.
Walworth Police Chief Chris Severt recommended to Schubert to donate the proceeds of the book to the charity.
This isn't Schubert's first book and likely won't be her last.
Schubert's first book, "Sweet Tweets," is a story of hens that become jealous over the Easter Bunny's fame.
She also penned, "Finbar's Heavenly Father," "Mouse on a Mission," and "The Dance Factory on Ann Street."
"My Friend Cynthia and Me," was co-authored by four people and dedicated to the late Cynthia Rauland.
Next year, she plans to publish "A Wheel Christmas Secret," which will be out next Christmas.
She is currently working on a book titled, "Monkey Business."