About the Book
Wanda is in serious need of an attitude adjustment! She doesn’t want to accompany her family to the Rubber Duck Days Festival, and once there, she won’t participate in any of the events or join in with her friends. Soon Wanda receives some helpful advice and learns that:
“Sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually is. Being positive is a choice that makes everything better, not to mention, a whole lot more fun!”
This new book, Whatever Wanda, is the third title in the Shine Bright Kids series! 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:
About the illustrator:
Paige Billin-Frye lives with her husband in Washington, D.C., where she gardens and grows food in her city yard. She has illustrated numerous children’s books and works in a studio over a neighborhood hardware store. Coincidentally, Paige has amassed a collection of rubber duckies of all sizes across the years.
Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
A good samaritan comes by and tells Wanda that sometimes we have to believe something will be great in order to make it great. Wanda is allowed one more job. Even though she didn't earn the opportunity to ride on the Duck Day float, she gets to, and she passes out duck masks to all the bystanders. Whatever Wanda learned that day, she learned she must make her own fun!
I love Christy Ziglar's simple writing style. This book is similar to her Can't Wait Willow (see review here). The story is focused on one thing. Wanda doesn't want to have fun so she doesn't. A savior comes along in the book that explains 'fun' to Wanda, and allows her another opportunity to have fun even though she doesn't deserve it. (Thus the savior character). Although there is more than one character in the book (Wanda's mom, her friends, and the savior), the story focuses on Wanda. That makes it easy for little ones to follow the story, and the sing-song story line, "Whatever." will engage children. They can read with you! "Whatever!" This is a perfect book for a child who thinks everything is 'boring.' It will give him/her a new outlook.
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