Leigh is doing his best to stay strong and not let his disability get to him while he and Cosmo and Tara make costumes for the Medieval Fair their school is holding. Leigh wants to be that knight in shining armor and gets a bit testy with his friends as they start goofing around and having fun during their ‘project’ day. Leigh wants more than anything to look cool… like everyone else will. But as time moves forward, Leigh starts to kick his anger and impatience away and starts to see the joy in all of it.
“Who’s Afraid of a Lion?” is the story of a bully, but it’s different because the bully is a little bitty bug, and he’s picking on a big, strong lion!
"Dear Me: Letters to Myself, For All of My Emotions" by Donna Tetreault is the story of how it is okay to feel different emotions and not be happy all of the time.
"I Am an Outer Space Alien" is a silly book about a girl who lives on Earth but thinks she's an alien from outer space.
In "A Yarn about a Tree," a young girl named Molly finds herself knitting to her heart's content, including so far out as to find herself down the street from her home. While out, Molly meets a young boy named Jake who is friendly and eager to learn Molly's craft. Jake shares a concern with Molly - the tree he enjoys sitting under is scheduled to be removed with the construction of a new road soon. Molly and Jake set to work to knit scarves to protect the tree, similar to the clothing items Molly has made for her animal friends
“Field Day for Eugene: Kindness, Acceptance, Inclusion” is a heartwarming story about a boy that sees himself just like everyone else, capable of everything the rest of the kids are, and excited for all the same things. But, while he forgets to see his wheelchair as something that holds him back, it is something the other kids do not live with every day, so they recognize the difference and limitations it may cause.
"The Power of Piggie Bear" is a powerful story for readers of all ages. There is good information within the pages of coping skills to be used as a tool for prevention and during the moment of feeling less than great about yourself.
Beginning with Owen fishing by the river behind Mom Mom’s house, they pack a lunch and head out to see the forest. Through Owen’s questions about the stunning things he sees along the way (combined with his grandmother’s bright, colorful pictures), readers get to stop, watch and learn all about the mighty bald eagle, the woodpecker and the deer. We get to see pictures of trees that transform with the seasons, changing into those bright red colors of autumn to a whole lot more.
"Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be?" is a magical book with whimsical pictures that are calming and empowering at the same time. The message is straight-forward and clear and the authors mention every little thing to do with being a human and figuring out yourself, which can be difficult for some.
I love being turned on to a new book series my grandchildren will absolutely love. Thankfully, they do love books and those memorable characters they want to see again and again. This is a series by an award-winning author they refer to as “Nana T” who has published two ahead of this particular title, and I rushed to get those after reading this one to the grandkids!
The location of the Wisconsin woods is a beautiful backdrop for this tale, one that the illustrator definitely does justice to with her drawings. This is also a book that fits its subtitle perfectly, because this is a laid-back, pleasant tale that readers of all ages (over 6) will have a lot of fun reading. (Personally, however, I really like this one in the hands of an adult who loves sarcasm. Not only can you clarify things in the book for younger readers but also because these characters have a dry sense of humor at times that really makes you laugh out loud.)
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