Friday, May 10, 2013

Can't-Wait Willow! Book Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  I received my own copy of Can't-Wait Willow! to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Thanks so much to the sponsor for providing this giveaway.

   

 

I have a fun children's book to tell you about, Can't-Wait Willow!  We really loved this story.  Not only is it engaging but also educational to boot.  It can be hard for everyone (children and adults alike) to learn the lesson that is portrayed in this book - sometimes you need to say no to good things to end up with something great.  After waiting for the circus to come to town Willow learns just that.  On the first day she misses out on the truly great as she is distracted with other things.  Those things in and of themselves are not bad; however, the day ends sadly when Willow is not able to do the things she truly wanted to, experience the circus.  Thankfully, she is given a second chance and she takes it to heart.  She learns to say no to good things and ends up with the best.

 Enjoying this story as a family.

My kids loved following the star throughout the book with Willow (Star Search).  When Willow makes good choices the star is happy and vibrant and when Willow makes choices that may not be the best, the star is deflated and sad.  This star search feature made it really easy to talk to the kids throughout the story about all the choices that Willow was making.  I loved hearing their thoughts.  If you want a fun book with a great lesson, then this is definitely for you!


Read more about the book below and make sure to enter the giveaway!


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 be enticing treats and fun that she just can't turn down.  Willow arrives late and is sad to find that, not only has she run our 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.  Check it out here.

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18 comments:

Heather Kelly said...

This Would be for my 2 girls! Chloe can't wait for anything most days. She's so impatient.

Stephanie said...

This would be for my son if we win :)
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Anne D. said...

It'd be for my niece:)
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Anne D. said...

Watched the trailer...i love the colorful pictures and the lesson it teaches:)
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c allen said...

i like that the trailer is up beat and it gives us a sneak peek at the book to see if it is age appropriate for our children thanks crystal allen

c allen said...

my daughter would enjoy this book thanks crystal allen

Callee Sligh said...

Definitely for my daughter!

meegan whitford said...

This would be for my nephew

meegan whitford said...

I really like the trailer. This sounds like a great book

Caron Bulger said...

This book would be for my little niece :)

Caron Bulger said...

The trailer makes me want the book even more!

Tami Valentine said...

This would be for my students in my classroom. Thanks for the chance to win!

Tami Valentine said...

good trailer! I love the pictures and the colors. Very good lesson for kids to learn.

Domestic Diva said...

This would be for my kids.

Robyn-coolestmommy R said...

This would be for my sweet daughter.

Debby Chandler said...

this would be for my grand daughter.

Debby Chandler said...

watched the video, sounds like a great book!

Karen Propes said...

This would be for my Granddaughter Aubrey Ann
Thanks for the chance
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