Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It's OK to Back Away
Written by Howard Binkow, and illustrated by Susan F. Cornelison.
Let me give you a little background on this series that is geared towards children ages 4-8. Howard B. Wigglebottom is a bunny who learns a lot of life lessons, a new one in each book. These lessons include listening, bullying, sportsmanship, telling the truth, and generosity to name just a few. There are 10 books in the series so far with a new one on Courage to be released soon. These books are available through The We Do Listen Non Profit Foundation. They have an excellent goal "Our intention is to enable children to enjoy their inner peace and communicate in a more effective way".
In Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It's OK to Back Away, Howard is having trouble controlling his temper. After a few mistakes at school where Howard pictures himself as a ninja bunny, he receives a time out for losing his cool. Then his friend, Ali drops by and gives him some wonderful advice. Tell yourself, "It's Ok to back away." (Wish all children had friends like Ali!) Learning to recognize his anger for what it is, and trying a few simple tactics, like counting his fingers, helps Howard to achieve a peace about things that would have brought out the angry ninja bunny before.
This is such an adorable book with a message every child could benefit from, even if they do not have any anger issues. Everyone gets mad, but how we deal with it is what really matters. My son loved this book.... especially Howard's ninja face. We read and spoke together about backing away, and I could tell this was getting through to him. The book also includes 2 pages with suggestions for lessons and reflections at the end, which gave me a way to bring up issues in a non-confrontational setting, and I love that!! We really had a great discussion about being angry and better ways to deal with those feelings because of the suggestions in the book.
Right now, the Hardback Howard B. Wigglebottom books are on discount for buyers in the US at only $6.00 each (regularly priced at $15), or you can purchase the entire set of 10 for just $50!!! For this great deal, or to view the books animated versions visit The We Do Listen Foundation's Website. Besides the animated versions you will also find games, songs, lessons, and much more. Don't forget to check out their Facebook Page and Twitter.
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