Monday, March 16, 2015

grandma's bookshelf - Whatever Wanda! - I'm Giving One Away!

I was recently invited to review a book for children which is focused on helping children choose to have a positive attitude; Whatever Wanda! I thought it sounded like a book which children would both enjoy and learn from, so I said, "Yes! Thank you for thinking of me!" Today I'm delighted to share my opinions of this book with you and let you know about an opportunity for you to win one for your grandchildren/children!

Whatever Wanda! 
Author - Christy Ziglar
Illustrator - Paige Billin-Frye
Publisher - Ideals Children's Books
Ages - 4-7

Favorite Features -
  • I love the illustrations! Colorful and fun, they are sure to capture the attention of children. 
  • Excellent solid message for children about choosing to have a positive attitude.
  • Fun activity worked through the book where children search for the star in the illustrations - each time they find one children can guess the "mood" of the star and why it might "feel" as it does.
  • "Note" for grownups to help them use this story to help the children they love learn to choose a positive attitude - also provides a link where they will find more resources, games, activities and worksheets to continue the learning!
Ideals Children's Books says: "The third title in the Shine Bright Kids series, Whatever Wanda! teaches children the importance of having a good attitude. 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: 'Sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually is. Being positive is a choice which makes everything better, not to mention, a whole lot more fun!'

I found Whatever Wanda! to be a book which is not only enjoyable, but one with a solid message; one I want my grandchildren to hear, understand and take to heart. In the story Wanda attends an event with her family, but because she had to go when she did not want to, she has a bad attitude and does not participate in any of the fun activities. She finally notices how everyone else has had a lot of fun, so when "Waddles the duck" (the Grand Marshall of the Rubber Duck Parade) tells her "It seems to me you just need an attitude adjustment. Sometimes you have to believe something WILL be great before it actually IS. Being positive is a choice which makes everything better - not to mention, a whole lot more fun!" Wanda decides to, "change her mind about ducks"! It is all to easy for children; and adults, to take on negative attitudes. I love how Whatever Wanda!  challenges us all to choose instead to have a positive, optimistic attitude!

I'm very happy to say, not only did Ideals Children's Books send me one copy of Whatever Wanda! for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away - USA only. If you are over the age of 18 and would like to be in the drawing for Whatever Wanda!, which will be on March 30, 2015, please comment below to let me know something you want your grandchildren/children to be optimistic and positive about - I want them to be optimistic and positive about how they can choose to know and walk with God!

In addition, you will receive additional entries if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win 
Whatever Wanda! and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away!


  1. I want my kids to have a positive optimistic attitude toward learning.

  2. I want them to be optimistic about their differences, for example my daughter's autism.
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