{Review and Giveaway}: Can’t Wait Willow!

Can't Wait WillowWritten by: Christy Ziglar

Publisher: Ideals Children’s Books

Hardcover: 32 pages


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:  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. Christy is available for Q&A, author interviews, Skype calls, etc.!

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 series teaches principles including: using good judgment, taking responsibility, self-control, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.  Check out their website at www.ShineBrightKids.com for free reward charts, activities and other parenting resources.

My Review – We’ve been trying to teach our six year old about delayed gratification, so this was a great book to read with him.  Our two year old also enjoyed reading the story along with us.  I love that the story shows what happens when we CAN’T say ‘no’ to some things and what happens when we CAN say ‘no’ to things. By the end of the story, my son learned that even if we want something right away, sometimes it’s better to wait because the reward might be even better later.
There’s also a star on each page that kids can search for.  The star follows Willow throughout the story.  When she makes a good decision, the star looks happy but when she makes a not-so-wise decision, the star looks sad and deflated.  My kids had fun looking for the star and telling me if it looked happy or sad and why it looked that way. When the star looks deflated, my two year old tells me that it looks like a banana.  Kids are so funny!  It’s a very interactive book with lots of bright and colorful illustrations. Can’t Wait Willow! would make a great gift!
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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of the book, Can’t Wait Willow. Giveaway ends Friday, November 15th at 11pm.

The giveaway is now closed.  The winner of Can’t Wait Willow! is Sarah.

To enter, please leave a comment telling me how you teach your kids about patience. For extra entries, share this giveaway on facebook and/or twitter and leave a separate comment telling me that you’ve shared.

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5 thoughts on “{Review and Giveaway}: Can’t Wait Willow!

  1. Viktoria H

    My 4.5 year- old is so impatient. So as his mommy 🙂 I try to make him wait for his turn patiently by making the time to wait short first, and increase the time slowly. With other things sometimes it helps if he can see what he has as a reward at the end.(But that can backfire)

  2. Karen

    My 2.75 year old doesn’t really understand what it means to ‘wait’…but we’ve taught him to ‘show us patience’ and he stops what he is doing, sits, and folds his hands. I don’t think he totally understands when he needs to show patience or why…but hopefully he is getting there :).

  3. Sarah Osborne

    Lydia is only 2 and a half, but she understands when we say, “You need to wait. It will be just a moment.” We remind her that if she doesn’t start being polite (not whining) she’s not going to get what she’s asking for. She’s pretty good following this rule most of the time.

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