KID’S REVIEWS
By Lyda Whiting

 

 

NO EXCUSES!
HOW WHAT YOU SAY CAN GET IN YOUR WAY
Written by
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
with Kristina Tracy, illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick
There is a boy who loves sea turtles. He lives on a farm, and all the adults wonder why sea turtles and not cows or chickens. But the boy is determined to see a real sea turtle, and when he goes to the aquarium, he finds out that sea turtles are endangered and need help to survive.

At the aquarium, he meets Dr. Tortuga, a marine biologist who is an expert on sea turtles. The boy decides to become a marine biologist too. But when he excitedly tells people this, they all have reasons why he can’t. Soon, the boy begins thinking that maybe he can’t be a marine biologist. He makes a list of all of the reasons he can’t do it. But Dr. Tortuga says that it is just a list of excuses. She says he has a choice: he can throw out that list and never let excuses get in his way.

With this colorful and inspiring book, Dr. Dyer helps children learn at an early age how to eliminate excuses from their lives and reach their true potential. Like the boy in the book, children can keep realize their dreams — to swim with sea turtles or to do whatever is their heart’s desire.

Highly recommended for ages three to six.
Published by Hay House, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore.


IT’S NOT WHAT YOU’VE GOT! LESSONS FOR KIDS ON MONEY AND ABUNDANCE
Written by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer with Kristina Tracy, illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick

Developing a healthy attitude toward money at a young age can be invaluable. This book will help children build a positive perspective on money, using kid-friendly ideas and pictures.

Ten simple but powerful ideas are introduced, including living within your means, following your own dreams, enjoying what you’ve earned, and knowing that every job is a blessing in its own way. Perhaps most importantly, children will learn that it’s what inside a person that is most important, and that true abundance means more than money.

Continuing his series of inspirational books for children, Dr. Dyer’s latest work helps shape children’s thoughts and perceptions about wealth, work and abundance. Fun, colorful illustrations fill each page, and bring the lessons to vibrant life. While fun and appealing, they will also help children grasp the ten ideas presented.

Parents and teachers can introduce these concepts to very young children, and older children can read the book for themselves as well. At the end of the book, there are pages with questions for the child about each concepts presented.
These questions can spark discussions on money, abundance, and what is truly important. Children can write or draw their own pictures for each of the concepts, or create a whole story about one idea.

Highly recommended for ages three to six.
Published by Hay House, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore.


HOUDINI’S GIFT
Written by Jeanne Gehret, M.A. illustrated by Michael LaDuca

Ben forgets a lot of things. He forgets to put his bike away. He forgets to take his homework to school. And he forgets to take care of his hamster Houdini. Houdini gets out of his cage because Ben forgets to close the door. Houdini loves to run through his tunnel made out of tubes. But when Ben forgets to make sure the tubes are connected tightly, Houdini escapes for good.

Ben’s parents say he can’t have a new pet until he learns responsibility. They make a chart of jobs for Ben to do every day. At first it’s hard, but the chart helps Ben remember what to do, and he likes checking his chores off. After a month, Ben has done so well that his parents decide that it’s time for a new pet. And Ben is happy to add a new chore to his chart: feeding his new kitten.

This book is the third in “The Coping Series” of books by the same author, about likable children facing real-life learning and attention problems. At the back, there are resources for parents on reward charts and parenting, as well as discussion starter questions to help adults lead children to a greater understanding of themselves and the issues. The story is engaging and the illustrations help pull children into the story.

Recommended for ages three to six.
Published by Verbal Images Press, this book is available at your local bookstore.


MAX SAID YES!
THE WOODSTOCK STORY
Written by Abigail Yasgur & Joseph Lipner, illustrated by Barbara Mendes

Some kids had an idea to hold a music festival in the country, a three-day outdoor celebration of peace and love. They lined up the bands, but they had trouble finding a location. The first three farmers they asked said “No!” but Max liked kids with big ideas, and he said, “Yes!” The music played for three days. The kids bathed in Max’s lake. When it rained, they danced in the mud. By last day, the kids had become the Woodstock nation. They went out into the world to spread the songs of joy and peace they had learned on Max’s farm.
Woodstock
changed the nation when it took place forty years ago, but it only happened because dairy farmer Max Yasgur said they could hold the festival on his land. Almost half a million people lived on Max’s land for three days and listened and danced to music by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, and other great stars of the 1960s.

Written in rhyme with evocative words, this book brings the peaceful fun of Woodstock to a new generation. The full-page illustrations are filled with bright colors and lively movement.
This book about the Woodstock festival will be enjoyed by kids for the fun story and colorful illustrations, and by adults for the memories it brings back to life.

Highly recommended for ages six to sixty.
Published by Change the Universe Press, this book is available at your local bookstore.


 

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