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About the book: The first book in the series: Can't-Wait Willow! Willow is so excited that the Over-the-Top Circus has finally come to town! The only problem is, that when left to her own devices, she can’t say “no” to some good things. On the way to the show, she is distracted by enticing treats and fun that she just can’t turn down. Willow arrives late and is sad to find that, not only has she has run out of time, but money, and she won’t be able to enjoy the pink cotton candy she’s been dreaming of. Willow is given valuable advice and a second chance and is ultimately taught the lesson that sometimes in life you have to say “no” to good things to end up with something great!
About Shine Bright Kids: The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a relevant framework to help instill solid values and teach the importance of making good choices. The principles that will be explored include: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.
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Review: Don't you just love the pictures of Willow. She is an adorable little girl with beautiful red hair. Her freckles are charming. Her spirit is uplifting and exciting. But Willow...... oh my, Willow Can't Wait!
"Sometimes you've got to say 'no' to the good,
so you can 'yes' to the best.
so you can 'yes' to the best.
All along the way toward the circus, she encountered wonderful opportunities - play with friends, drink lemonade with friends, look at the exotic birds outside the circus tent - all very good things to do. When she finally realized that ".... the music had stopped and people were leaving the tent. The circus show was over!".... she was so sad and defeated.
But Willow was given a ticket to the next day's circus and a second change to get there on time. So the next day...... "....Willow shook her head, no." to the ice cream truck, and to other opportunities to do good things but not the best thing for that day.
So Willow's story is a story of right choices and second chances. Children need to learn to make good choices so that as adults they will know when to choose better opportunities over good opportunities. And also when to choose good over bad situations.
I can't leave with remarking on the charming, whimsical beauty of the illustrations that capture so truly the spirit of Willow. Her personality. Her zest for life. Her enjoyment of her day (until she misses the circus). Beautifully done.
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About the Author: (Recognize the last name Ziglar?!?) Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her new Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Website: The author's website has great resources to support the book, including a printable poster with 'Ways to Shine Bright,' as well as reward chart you can use at home with your children.
The publisher site is: http://www.idealsbooks.com
About the Illustrator: Thanks to her first grade teacher, who recognized her superior skills in drawing a robin, Luanne Marten has been drawing, painting and sketching ever since. She is a great experimenter and has a fresh, whimsical approach to bring her characters to life.