Disclosure: I was provided this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Whatever Wanda! by Christy Ziglar is the third book in the Shine Bright Kids series. We reviewed Must-Have Marvin! a few months back and we were excited to read Whatever Wanda! It is nice to see stories that teach moral lessons in an easy to understand way. My daughter followed along with the story, noting the emotion star (there's a star following Wanda on every page), because the star conveys how she feels. Wanda has a grumpy attitude, while the rest of her family is cheerful and goes on with their day. She watches her family and friends having fun, and just doesn't seem to be able to enjoy the day with them. She needs an attitude change, and after getting some wonderful advice from her teacher, she's able to join in the fun. She accepts that she should at least try to have fun, even if she doesn't know if she's going to have any. She does, in fact, end up having a blast and it changes her perspective into a positive one!
My kids, luckily, are generally positive kids and enjoy themselves in situations like this. They are more shy, than anything else. However, books like this help them to notice how other children act in public. Seeing children who are not having fun at the park, for instance, makes them want to run over and invite them to play. We obviously teach them to respect boundaries, but to always include everyone who wants to play.
About the Books
The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with the tools to teach the importance of making good choices. The series explores such topics as: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.
About the Author
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 Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy, her husband, and their twins live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Shine Bright Kids has coloring pages and reward charts available on the website for kids and discussion starters available for parents.