Can't Wait Willow! by Christy Ziglar

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Can't Wait Willow! is a wonderful, engaging book about the importance of learning value. I received this book to review and waited until the time was right to read it to my 6 year old.  When the time was right, I pulled the book out and my daughter's eyes grew big and happy.  She was thrilled with the colorful illustrations and sparkly (glittery) parts on the front cover.  I opened the book and read it to her.  She is learning to read in her kindergarten class at school, so she kind of helped me read the book.  We read through and as I read, we talked occasionally about what was in the book.  I could really tell that she was paying attention and thinking about it all.  I know she probably didn't really understand it all completely, but I think reading it a couple more times will help her understand.  I loved the book!  It has a great message, beautiful pictures and is relate-able.  I think it will be a great addition to any children's library and a great educational tool.  Perfect for your home library, but also makes a great gift or addition to the church library or Sunday School library.  

About Shine Bright Kids:
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 in the series:  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!

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. 

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.
Website: The author's website has great resources to support the book, including a printable poster with 'Ways to Shine Bright,' as well as reward chart you can use at home with your children. 

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