Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book Review: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

 Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids: 101 Stories about Good Decisions, Self-Esteem, and Positive Thinking

Helping children make good choices

Chicken Soup for the Soul shares positive stories, lessons for children of all ages

"Whether it’s bullying, school or social concerns, kids have a lot to worry about these days. Parents, grandparents and teachers are looking for a way to connect with children to discuss these issues and provide some guidance. And one of the best ways to start a conversation with a child is by reading a story about another child first. “That’s the goal of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids – to start conversations with children about core values, good examples, making good decisions and having the courage to do the right  thing,” Hercules star  Kevin Sorbo and Chicken Soup for the Soul publisher Amy Newmark write in their introduction.  “The values that children learn today will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We hope to contribute to the building blocks that create tomorrow’s wonderful young adults through this book for today’s children. ”

Geared to kids 7 to 13, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids (Chicken Soup for the Soul  Publishing, LLC, Oct. 29, 2013, 978-161159275, $14.95) contains  101 stories about kids dealing with today’s issues. Kids will read about making good choices, gratitude, developing their self-esteem and staying true to their convictions.  The stories also cover bullying, disabilities, helping others, relationships, dealing with divorce and moving. Children will learn about real friends, not “popular” friends, and will be inspired by many of the stories to try new things and expand their horizons.“ These stories remind kids that they are not alone in dealing with difficult issues,” according to Sorbo and Newmark. “
And even though these stories are for kids, their lessons are universal and should prove inspirational to the adults who are sharing them and discussing them as well.” Kids often learn best from each other and that is the premise of A World Fit for Kids!, a Los Angeles-based  mentoring program supported by Kevin Sorbo that trains teens to become heroes to kids in their  own neighborhoods. This powerful program of “kids teaching kids” will receive royalties  from  the sale of  every copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids."

Book Info:

·  Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul

·  Paperback: 384 pages

·  Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; Original edition (October 29, 2013)

·  Language: English

·  ISBN-10: 161159927X

·  ISBN-13: 978-1611599275

·  Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches


My Thoughts:

 While I read many children's books to my girls, I haven't had the opportunity in a long time to read stories by kids, especially inspirational one.  Usually, it takes me a few days to get through a book, depending on how cooperative the girls are at night, and how much free tree (which is limited) I find myself with at the end of a long day.  But, after I picked up this book the other day, I couldn't put it down.  Well, I can't say that, as I had to put the book down on a few occasions, to reach for a tissues, as some of the personal stories shared really do pull at your heartstrings.

From bullying to self-esteem, topics important to today's youth are included in this well compiled book.  Even though the stories in this new release are written by kids between the ages of 7 and 13 years old, you would never know it by their writing style.  They really do put their all into the stories, and you the reader will be moved with each and every story.  I know that is difficult to children, especially kids in this age range to talk opening with parents, teachers, and other adults in their lives about things bothering them -- just look at all the sad stories we see on the television -- from school shootings to suicides as a result of cyber bullying, etc.  If only kids have the confidence and strength to open up like the kids in this book did, maybe the news each night would not be so glum.

Fans young and old of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series will enjoy reading these inspirational stories.  And, if you have young children/tweens in your house, this is one book worth passing around, and discussing afterwards.  It would also make for a great required book to read in schools, as it really does get your talking about topics of importance to our youth.  While we were all kids once, with our hectic work and life schedules, we sometimes forget the stresses and peer pressure our youth go through on a daily basis in school, and in dealing with life in general.  After reading this book, you will be moved to want to sit down and talk with your kids and remind them that they can always come to you for advice or just to talk.  And, this book, once read by your kids, will remind them that they are not alone in the way they are feeling about certain things, and that other kids their age are going through the same things -- it is all apart of growing up, and becoming an adult.  Hats off to Chicken Soup for the Soul for this new release.  It is one I will be talking up with fellow moms and at my book clubs.  


Thanks to the folks at Chicken Soup for the Soul, three (3) lucky readers will win a copy of this book.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

No comments :

Post a Comment