We received this adorable book about Willow in exchange for this post. Charlie loves reading and knew this would be the perfect match. He loved learning about Willow and is excited for the rest of the series!
The Shine Bright Kids series
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.
The First Book :: 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!
Charlie was pretty excited to get his hands on this book…
Reading together with your children can be an experience that brings education and bonding. Here are some tips to enhance your reading experience:
1. Let your child choose the book. Sometimes, in a hurry, I grab the book and just want to start reading. Instead, let your child peruse your shelves like a library. They are more likely to pick something they will love.
2. Take turns reading pages. With Charlie (my reader), I read every other page to him. He practices the other pages. It’s great reading practice and helps to make longer books fly by!
3. Ask questions or ask your child to find things on the page. In a few books, we like to find the bug on each page. In Can’t Wait Willow, I encouraged Charlie to find something pink on each page (hopefully something different each time!)
4. Repetition is key. If they don’t like the book once, try again later. It may just be too advanced for them or they may just be bored of that subject matter.
This series and this first book are highly recommended. It was easy reading for Charlie (but slightly challenging), the pictures were beautiful and well thought-out and I loved the lesson behind it. (We are currently struggling with learning to say no in this house! Me as well!) Plus, Willow is pretty adorable and now this book is a favorite.
Find more books like this and the future books in the series on Ideals Books.