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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Lehman Publishing; 1st edition (April 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979268656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979268656
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I DOUBLE Dare You! is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards

Explaining the importance of taking responsibility for your own actions is easily shared with youngsters in I Double Dare You! Author, Dana Lehman shares her vision, of how to stop violence in schools, in her series Adventures at Walnut Grove. Lehman weaves her kind-hearted lessons into child friendly stories that are sure to please young audiences. The Walnut Grove Resort is a popular vacation spot for an adventurous group of squirrels, raccoon's and beavers. As friends they gather at Walnut Grove and interact with each other, have fun playing games and learn many valuable social lessons along the way. Adults can count on kids picking up and learning about friends that dare each other and the consequences of participating in daring games of sport. Illustrator, Judy Lehman, matches her daughter-in-law's story with soft colorful watercolors that are friendly and happy. Her illustrations enhance the depth of the story for readers offering young children the chance to learn the valuable lessons alongside the characters. Author, Dana Lehman includes a helpful questionnaire at the end of the story to guide further understanding of how important it is to take responsibility for your own actions and not blame or follow others blindly. Words from the Author at the tail-end of this story include, a gentle explanation of how confusing interacting with other people can be, what to do, how to handle it and what to remember when faced with a daring situation. Adults can count on I Double Dare You! to teach a positive value based moral lesson that kids will be excited to read again and again. --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Dana Lehman is married and has two children. She has been a stay at home mom for twelve years. Now she works from home writing children's books that teach life lessons. Dana also visits many schools teaching children the importance of treating each other with kindness and respect. She considers school presentations one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. Dana is fortunate to have her mother-in-law, Judy Lehman, illustrate her books using water colors. Judy is a retired elementary school teacher. She has been an artist for over forty years.

More About the Author

Dana Lehman writes children's books that teach life lessons. She is honored to be a silver recipient of The Mom's Choice Award, an annual competition that recognizes family-friendly media and products. Her first book, Adventures at Walnut Grove: A Lesson about Teasing won the 2009 silver for values and life lessons. Her second book in the series, I DOUBLE Dare You! won the 2009 silver for developing social skills.

"I am proud to have my books included with all of The Mom's Choice Awards recipients. I feel that books are a wonderful opportunity to discuss social issues with children," she said.
Like many parents, she is concerned with the increase of violence in our schools and wrote the series in the hope that it will make children think twice before they decide to tease their peers.
"We live in a world where school shootings are occurring too frequently. There are numerous reasons that children are hurting and often killing their peers. Teasing and bullying are a few reasons," she said.
Her goal is to teach children that teasing and bullying is unacceptable and help children understand that we need to treat others the way we would like to be treated.
``If we could try to instill these values at a younger age, we may be able to discourage name-calling when children are older," she said. "Teasing occurs at all ages, but is more prevalent in middle school. We should start teaching children not to tease, and to treat others the way they want to be treated in preschool. Books are a successful way to provide this lesson to children."

Dana has spoken to many children about teasing and peer pressure at the Macomb Intermediate School District. She participates in a program called ASK. In the ASK process, teachers read her books to their students. Then the students write in their journal about their perceptions on what is happening to the characters in the book. Students develop questions based on their journals that they would like to ask Dana. Finally, using video conferencing technology, they connect Dana to the students who then get a chance to ask their questions.

Dana is fortunate to have her mother-in-law, Judy Lehman, illustrate all of her books using watercolors. Judy is a retired elementary school teacher. She currently lives in Hubbard Lake, Michigan with her husband. Judy has been an artist for over forty years.

For more information on these books, including testimonials, future releases and free lesson plans, please visit www.lehmanpublishing.com


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Sammy, the squirrel with raccoon eyes, is a great little mentor and friend.
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This book teaches children about making good decisions and taking responsibility for their own actions.
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The story line is wonderful for children as well as the beautiful illustrations.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Gryspeerd on August 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have two children who constantly blame the other when they get into trouble. I purchased this book to reinforce taking responsibility for their own actions. My son and daughter loved the characters and illustrations. The examples are typical of children's daily interactions both at home and at school. This book is a homerun on teaching that the "he did this, she did that so I did it back"... is not acceptable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kidlitfan on September 18, 2008
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The cover of the delightful children's book, I Double Dare You, is perfect for building anticipation. Judy Lehman's witty cover illustration provides a subtle hint of the excitement contained within. I found myself wanting to pull back the brown bag cover to see more.

This story is truly a wonderful blend of words and illustrations that present the reader with an interesting concoction of a serious subject and laugh-out-loud humor (Just wait until you see the expression on Bucky's face when he jumps off the bridge!).

Dana Lehman has definitely created another winning book that continues the adventures of Sammy the Squirrel. With the onset of the story, Sammy is already nervous about the antics of his cousins, appropriately named Silly and Sassy. Obviously, his fears were well-founded, as the two cousins embark on an escapade that includes sword fighting and bridge jumping. Yet, by the end of this tale, all is well and everyone in Walnut Grove has learned a valuable lesson.

Lehman's story is great for school-aged children as her tale reinforces the need to take responsibility for one's own actions and, just as important, that it is okay to say NO.

For parents and teachers, I Double Dare You also provides a wonderful extension activity at the end of the story, with Lehman's inclusion of comprehension questions as a follow-up.

I look forward to the next animal adventure in Walnut Grove.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly L. Bradley on May 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Even more than the first. The story is fresh, the moral is relevant for today & the pictures jump out at you! What a wonderful lesson on daring others. Again - needs to be read in every class room, on every library shelf, and needs to be read by parents & children alike!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Lavoie on April 8, 2009
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This book is a must for all parents to share with their children. The message it gives to the kids is priceless. The story is beautifully written and the kids love the animals which makes it very easy for them to understand the message. I also love the addition of the questions in the back of the book. It really helps to get the kids involved in the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn A. Buhaj on October 15, 2008
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This is an excellent book for children. Teaches them the lessons they will use the most in life teaching them right from wrong by making wise choices and taking responsibility for their own actions. My daughter, Stephanie, reads this book to the children she babysits for and they just love it. They want her to read it over and over again. The story line is wonderful for children as well as the beautiful illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Billie Nance on July 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
How to make wise decisions should be taught early in life and not when a child has grown into a teenager. This book is an excellent learning tool for anyone who loves a child. We can't always keep them in our sight and one day we need to let go. Knowing we've taught them how to make smart choices is a comfort as we see them walk away from us down that path of independence. Bucky's experience will remain with a child as they go through their younger years and into adulthood. A wonderful positive way to teach life's gentle lessons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Pearl Mak on November 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Lehman's wonderful story centered around Sammy, a loveable squirrel with raccoon eyes, and his rambunctious counsins, Silly and Sassy, teaches kids an all-important lesson about safety and owning up to mistakes. This endearing story illustrates for children why it isn't wise to put their safety in danger, especially when responding to peer pressure. In this ever more complicated world in which children too often feel the pressure to grow up before their time, the value in learning this lesson cannot be overstated. But what I love most about "I Double Dare You" is that it goes even beyond that central lesson and shows children that when they do make a mistake in judgment, even if goaded into doing so by friends, they should own up to it and not look to lay the blame on others. This is a fun book that delivers a great message. What more can you ask for in a children's book? Bravo, Ms. Lehman, for a story well told! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HeidiR on March 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I double dare you is the second book in a series about Walnut Grove.
Sammy the squirrel's cousins, Silly and Sassy are visiting. They are
always getting into trouble and daring each other to do things.
This is a wonderful story that teaches children about taking responsibility of their own actions.

At the back of the book are comprehension questions which encourages children to think more deeply about the lessons inside. The author ends the book with a page of thoughts which encourages children to make the right choose between right and wrong. The book also encourages children to say no

The full color illustrations by Judy Lehman are full of intricate details, the animals depicted have a full range of expressive features that nicely complement the writings of Dana Lehman.

I recommend this book to teachers, parents and libraries.
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