Friday, May 10, 2013

Can't Wait Willow by Christy Ziglar *review & giveaway

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My eight year old daughter grabbed this book as soon as it came and started looking through it. The first think I loved is that she, simply by 'reading' the pictures was able to understand what happened in the book! Books that speak to non readers as well as readers, with a clear message are outstanding from the start!
There are so many 'good' things that we would love to say yes to all of them, but even as a youngster we have to learn to say yes to things in moderation.. we can't possibly do everything.
I enjoyed how Willow was given a do-over from the Circus owner, an opportunity to learn from her actions and to do things the right way. This was a great model for how we as parents should train up our children.

The illustrations were engaging and bright. We all enjoyed the book and the message! Can't wait to see the rest of the upcoming series. 

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 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.!

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. 

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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