Monday, May 6, 2013

Can't-Wait Willow Book Review and Giveaway

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I am constantly talking to my kids about the choices they make and that each choice, good and bad, has a consequence. "Make good choices" is something that is said often in this house. So... now that you know that you can imagine that I was pretty excited to hear about a children's book that talked about choices!

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What I love most about Can't-Wait Willow (besides the fact that it goes along so well with what we have already been teaching our kids) is that the choices that Willow makes on her way to the circus aren't necessarily BAD choices... they just aren't the BEST choices. Because Willow doesn't make the BEST choices for her day she ends up missing out on what she wants most. 

"Sometimes you've go to say 'no' to the good, so you can say 'yes' to the best." Zig Ziglar

This book gave me a new perspective on teaching my kids about choices that I hadn't thought of before and it's opened up great conversations and teachable moments. The lesson in this book is something that can be applied daily (more likely several times daily!) and it is something that if learned as children will help them greatly as they grow!

And honestly... it was a great reminder for me as well.

If you think this sounds like a great book (it really is a great book!) you are in luck because I have a copy to giveaway! To enter just leave a comment here on the blog and make sure you enter a valid email so I can get in touch with you if you win. (Can be international!)

I will randomly choose a winner on Thursday, May 9.



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.
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. 
Christy is available for Q&A, author interviews, Skype calls, etc.!
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 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.
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. 
Visit: http://www.alwaysshinebright.com

The publisher site is: http://www.idealsbooks.com
Pictures of you and your family enjoying Can't-Wait Willow! are encouraged on Facebook and Twitter! :)

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/63779686


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