Saturday, April 9, 2011

A cute story of encouragement for kids

I've talked about great books for parents (and other grownups) to read about encouraging their kids, boosting their confidence and esteem. Recently I read a book, a children's illustrated story, that does this for kids.

I'd Choose YouI'd Choose You by John T. Trent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d Choose You by John Trent is an illustrated story that can both show parents how to encourage their children as well as remind children that everyone can have their bad days—even when you get to ride a roller coaster to school.

Nothing is going right for Norbert the elephant from sitting by himself on the ride to school to Heidi the hippo falling in his mashed potatoes and being left out of the ball game. After school, his mother informs him that even though he thinks there are lots of kids at his school that are better than he is, she would choose him out of them all.

This is a fun story with lively illustrations that can be a useful tool for parents as well as an entertaining book for kids. We all need reminders from time to time on how to encourage our kids (and each other) in different ways. I wish Trent had come up with a different ending, however. Ending the book with Heidi the hippo waiting outside I think was a little inappropriate for the overall tone of the book. I would still recommend this book.

I received this book free from the publisher in order to read and give an honest review.

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