Thursday, March 1, 2012

Howard B. Wigglebottom Blends In Like Chameleons: A Fable about belonging Review and Giveaway

To anyone who has kids or has ever worked closely with them, they understand the importance of books, and their uses as tools for teaching and bonding. But many books don't address some of the things that parents have a hard time talking about or being able to explain to their children; like divorce, ADD or bullying.
       Turns out the people of The We Do Listen Foundation has created just such a line of beautifully illustrated, childrens books specifically for these purposes. Meet Howard B. Wigglebottom as he experiences and learns to cope with a variety of situations like peer pressure, belonging, generosity, sportsmanship and 6 more topics. I chose to read  Blends in Like Chameleons: A Fable About Belonging, along with this book comes many tools like the online animated book that has the entire book illistrated and narrated so you and your child  or if you are a teacher your class can watch and listen as the story plays out on screen for you. There are also coinsiding posters and lessons including songs,all designed to help parents explain and continue the learning process while having fun doing new things. I particularly enjoed the art in the posters and how they remind children of the lessons they just read about. The book that I personally tested, Blends in Like Chameleons: A Fable About Belonging, was an insightful book which helps teaching kids and adults about ADD or ADHD in children. This book could be used to teach a child about themselves and why they do what they do and what things they can do to change themselves for the better, or to show a sibling or classmate how to understand someone else with ADD /ADHD. This particularbook, I found includes two different posters to be used for kids of varying ages.
      The website even has a game center designed to entertain children while developing memory, focus, coordination and observation skills. With Memory Match, spelling games and even a music game!
      You can even start getting your own creative juices going with the printable Write and/or Color Your Own Book! They can be printed out and used as coloring pages or you can color them online and print them ready to go with your own narrations.
      The We Do Listen Foundation has also included lesson reviews which is a great teaching aid for educators and parents alike. There are 10 books to the series and the hardback books cost 15.00  a piece but are on sale to U.S. buyers for 6.00 each on the web site and you can purchase the entire set for $50.00!

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