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Billibonk and the Bugs

By Philip Ramsey

  • Billibonk and the Bugs is a captivating story about animals in a jungle that is bound to appeal to readers of all ages. Billibonk, the elephant, and Frankl, his curious mouse mentor, team up and follow the looping trail of clues that lead to the heart of the mystery in the delightfully instructive fable. Key lessons featured in the story include: understanding mutual interdependencies, focusing on the long-term view, getting to the root of the problem, and recognizing our own role in difficult situations. Join Billibonk and the rest of the Knith gang in their journey of discovery–but beware of the bugs!
  • This is the third book in the Billibonk and Frankl series.

Billibonk and Frankl series books:

  1. Billibonk and the Thorn Patch
  2. Billibonk and the Bugs
  3. The Floods of Knith
  4. The Dark Jungle

Systems Thinking Resources and Tools

  • Access supporting materials for the Billibonk book series, including videos and posters here.
  • For more resources about how to incorporate and discuss systems thinking concepts in the classroom or with your children, please visit the System Dynamics Society’s Pre-College Education Special Interest Group (SIG) page.

Billibonk and the Bugs

  • Print ISBN: 978-1-935056-23-2
  • EBook ISBN: 978-1-935056-24-9
  • Published in 2023 by the System Dynamics Society
  • Recommended age: 9-11 years old, but this is very flexible

Billibonk and the Thorn Patch

By Philip Ramsey

Billibonk and the Thorn Patch is a compelling story that is bound to appeal to readers of all ages. In this engaging fable, an elephant named Billibonk and his friends discover the interdependent nature of life in the jungle of Knith. Together, the elephants, mice, and monkeys hone their problem-solving skills and–after much adventure (and a few misunderstandings!)–learn the value of mutual respect and thinking systemically. No fable is complete without a moral…and this fable has many. Key lessons featured in the story include: – understanding mutual interdependencies – focusing on the long-term view – getting to the root of the problem – recognizing our own role in difficult situations Join Billibonk and the rest of the Knith gang in their journey of discovery–but beware what may be lurking in the thorn patch!

 

  • This is the first book in the Billibonk and Frankl series.

Billibonk and Frankl series books:

  1. Billibonk and the Thorn Patch
  2. Billibonk and the Bugs
  3. The Floods of Knith
  4. The Dark Jungle

Systems Thinking Resources and Tools

  • Access supporting materials for the Billibonk book series, including videos and posters here.
  • For more resources about how to incorporate and discuss systems thinking concepts in the classroom or with your children, please visit the System Dynamics Society’s Pre-College Education Special Interest Group (SIG) page.

Billibonk and the Thorn Patch

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-935056-21-8
  • Digital ISBN: 978-1-935056-22-5
  • Published by the System Dynamics Society, 2023
  • Recommended age: 9-11 years old, but this is very flexible.

The Dark Jungle

By Philip Ramsey

A jungle-based fable with animal characters, incorporating principles of systems thinking. Billibonk, the elephant, works with two mice, Frankl and Tori, to find out why the jungle is getting darker. They discover that chimpanzees in the jungle have changed their behavior. The bad behavior of young chimps, including bullying, has torn the community apart. Billibonk, Frankl, and Tori have to find a way to help the chimps rebuild their community.

  • This is the fourth book in the Billibonk and Frankl series.

Billibonk and Frankl series books:

  1. Billibonk and the Thorn Patch
  2. Billibonk and the Bugs
  3. The Floods of Knith
  4. The Dark Jungle

Systems Thinking Resources and Tools

  • Access supporting materials for the Billibonk book series, including videos and posters here.
  • For more resources about how to incorporate and discuss systems thinking concepts in the classroom or with your children, please visit the System Dynamics Society’s Pre-College Education Special Interest Group (SIG) page.

The Dark Jungle

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-935056-27-0
  • Digital ISBN: 978-1-935056-28-7
  • Published by the System Dynamics Society, 2024
  • Recommended age: 9-11 years old, but this is very flexible.