Doesn't the precious little girl on the cover of "Can't Wait Willow" just make you smile!? Though she's only an illustration, I just want to snuggle her to pieces! (She reminds me of a certain little red head that we are blessed to spend lots of time with!).
My youngest and I loved reading this precious book. The story and illustration were cute, but the message is PERFECT! Willow learns a super important lesson on her adventure to the circus that FINALLY comes to town. This lesson is one that I find VERY important to teach my children and important to remember myself. We at times have to say no to good things in order to have great things! In this day and age of wanting instant gratification or having a sense of entitlement, it's a valuable lesson to teach our children to say "no". Willow is very excited that she finally can go to the circus, but lots of enticing good things happen along the way and then....
You have to read the book to find out what happens! :)
Willow learns some powerful lessons AND is given a second chance to make better decisions! THAT is what I loved the most. Second chances!
She wasn't doing anything wrong in saying yes to things along the way of her adventure. She just was saying yes to too many things. Isn't that the same thing that can happen to us even as adults? Yes, to too many activities. Yes, to spending too much money on good things. Yes, to things that ARE good...
We don't leave room for the BEST things.
I've written many times about my learning the value of saying no to good things, so that I can say yes to the BEST things. That has been a learning curve in both how I spend my time and how I spend money. It's truly been life changing for our family for me to learn to say "no".
I LOVED reading this with my 6 year old. The book engaged him and the illustrations were absolutely adorable!
My favorite quote: "Sometimes you need to say no. It can be better to wait. Save yes for the super amazing, and end up with the truly great!"
I think I needed the reminders from this book for young children as much as I enjoyed reading and discussing it with my child! :)
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From the publisher:
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.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.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.