What’s In Your Child’s Bookcase Wordy Wednesday: SWIMMY

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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller

For me, faith in oneself is tied together with confidence in oneself…the belief that no matter what the challenge or task, we are up for it.

This is such an important lesson to teach our children and the picture book I’m recommending today from the 100 that appear in SHOW ME HOW, epitomizes this.  Reading this story with your children can open up a discussion about many topics…death, overcoming obstacles and working together are only a few of them.


Written and illustrated by Leo Lionni

One day, a big hungry tuna fish swallows an entire school of little red fish.  Swimmy, the only little black fish in that school, escapes because he is the fastest swimmer.  Although he is very sad to have lost his family, he enjoys discovering the many wonders of the underwater world as he swims along.  When he discovers another school of little red fish hiding in the shadows of some corals, Swimmy invites them to join him on his journey, but they are afraid to venture out of their safe haven because they will become prey to the large fish.  Swimmy decides to fool the other sea creatures by teaching the little red fish to swim together, creating the illusion of a large fish with himself as the eye.  This enables them all to leave their hiding place and enjoy the wonders of the ocean.

Swimmy’s speed enabled him to escape the hungry tuna, his color helped him to be the eye of the fish formation, and his ingenuity created the idea that would save his newly found school of little red fish.  Our children have special qualities also and we must encourage them to value their own strengths.

Just 15 minutes a day is enough time to read a picture book to your child and that may be the most important 15 minutes you spend each day.  Reading picture books to your child build’s self-esteem, develops pre-literacy skills, creates a life-long parent-child bond…and it’s FUN!

Need some direction regarding which books to choose to read to your child?  SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING provides summaries of the 100 picture books every young child needs to hear.  Don’t let another day go by without getting a copy of this valuable resource for your home…on sale now for only $22.50 with FREE SHIPPING (continental U.S. only).  Visit my website for details.

I invite you to return tomorrow for HEALTHY HABIT THURSDAY.

Quotable Timeless Tuesdays: FAITH

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Young children are filled with faith.

When I look at the galaxies on a clear night, when I look at the incredible brilliance of creation, and think that this is what God is like, then instead of feeling intimidated and diminished by it, I am enlarged…I rejoice that I am part of it.” Madeleine L’Engle

They believe all kinds of outrageous stories…the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny and so on.

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

They trust that their needs will be met by their parents…food, shelter and love.

The heart that is generous and kind most resembles God.” Robert Burns

They hold out their small hands for us to guide them along the path we choose for them.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller

If only we, as adults, could retain that childlike trust and faith.

Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark.”Rabindranath Tagore

They say that with faith, all things are possible.

I truly believe that and I know that it is especially important for parents of young children to have faith…as they raise their children in this difficult and often dangerous world.  

Faith in themselves.

Faith in their children.

Faith in a Creator, Higher Power, Universal Being…call it what you will…it will give you strength and peace of mind.

I would rather err on the side of faith than on the side of doubt.”Robert Schuller

Please stop by tomorrow for WHAT’S IN YOUR CHILD’S BOOKCASE WORDY WEDNESDAY for a review of another picture book every young child should hear from the 100 titles recommended in SHOW ME HOW! This is a book that will help you with the difficult job of parenting…providing you with gentle tips and awesome activities.   If you click on the link above, it will bring you to my website where you can purchase a copy for half-price so you can begin reading, crafting and cooking with your preschooler…building self-esteem, developing pre-literacy skills and creating a life-long parent child bond…just 15 minutes a day can shape your child’s future  Sale ends on March 9…World Read-Aloud Day.  WE ALL NEED A CHEERING COMMITTEE AND PARENTS ARE A CHILD’S MOST IMPORTANT FANS!