Sunday, May 12, 2013

Can't Wait Willow Book Review

Recognize the authors last name Ziglar? This adorable book, Can't Wait Willow was written by author Christy Ziglar the niece of the legendary motivator Zig Ziglar's. Can't Wait Willow is the fist book in the Shine Bright Kids series. This amazing book series will teach children practical life skills and character traits. 

A moms review:
I am a huge fan of Ideal's Children's Books. We have reviewed several of their books in the past so of course I jumped at the chance to review this adorable book. Plus Christy Ziglar is a from Atlanta, GA and I am always happy to support a fellow Atlantan!

Can't Wait Willow is a beautifully illustrated 29 page hard back book. Willow an adorable little red head is so excited that the circus if finally in town. But Willow has a problem saying NO. On the way to the Over-the-Top Circus, Willow gets distracted and makes several very bad choices. She arrives at the circus late and out of money. Now she wont be able to see the circus or enjoy her pink cotton candy.  Willow is so sad...but then she meets a very nice man and learns an important lesson, that sometimes in life you have to say "no" to good things to end up with something GREAT! She also learns about second chances!

This is a great book for early elementary age children. When I found out what this book was about I was even more excited to review it because both my daughter and I have an issue with saying no sometimes. I also loved the other lessons that were taught in this book including using good judgement, taking responsibility, solving problems, having a positive attitude and demonstrating perseverance.

Throughout the book there is an adorable little star that children can search for on each page. When Willow makes good choices the star is bright and happy but when she makes bad choices the star is dim and deflated. This was an excellent way to discuss feelings and choices with my children.

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.!

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.

Can't-Wait Willow! from Ideals Children's Books from Ideals Books on Vimeo.

Visit Shine Bright Kids to find great resources to go along with Can't Wait Willow including a printable poster with 'Ways to Shine Bright,' as well as reward chart you can use at home with your children. There are also great  parenting resources and tools on the website as well.

Gwyns review (7 yrs old):
I loved the book. We had fun searching for the stars. We learned that it is better to wait and say no so the best things happen.

Links to follow:
-Shine Bright Kids Website
-Shine Bright Kids Facebook page
-Shine Bright Kids Twitter page

Where to buy:
The book can be purchased on Amazon right now for $10.73. each or you can also order them directly from the Ideal's Children's Books for $14.99.

Now time for the giveaway: 
Ideal's Children's Books has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of the this amazing book to one lucky reader. Only the first entry is mandatory. Other entries are optional and give you extra chances. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. The winner will be posted on the blog and will be emailed. Winner must reply within 48 hrs with their contact information or another winner will be chosen. Prize will be mailed via the marketing company.

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Becky Barrett said...

What an adorable book and great story. The Shine Bright website is awesome too.

Jackie said...

My girls love to read so I always love to add to their library. This would be a great addition!

Jennifer Steele Allen said...

I have a three year old would daughter that would enjoy this book!

Kelli Parker Becton said...

cause we just LOVE books! :)

Lisa said...

love books! looks like a neat read!

Colleen said...

I'd like to win because my children love discovering new books. I think the illustrations are beautiful!

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