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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Howard B. Wigglebottom
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thunderbolt Publishing (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971539057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971539051
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a FANTASTIC book to bring out the loving caring sides of kids...The other reason I love this story is it helps kids whose parents are going through a divorce or are fighting. It s important to hear it s not their fault. --Books That Heal Kids

We are a pool of therapists and educators that volunteer our services for underprivileged children. We would like to thank you for the great work you are doing on behalf of our children. We find the themes and lessons and reflections from your books very inspired and quite helpful. --Dr. A. Schlitz

It does an excellent job of showing how friends can make each other feel better without being able to fix the problem…We all liked how Howard listened and listened and thought the picture illustrated the moment perfectly. The kids loved it! --Anne Shacklett, Prestonwood Elementary, Dallas, TX

About the Author

Howard Binkow and Reverend Ana of the We Do Listen Foundation live in Florida and are the authors of the Howard B. Wigglebottom series.

Susan F. Cornelison is a full time illustrator living in St. Charles, Iowa.

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Our books help 4-8 year olds be better listeners learn important life lessons and feel good about themselves
www.wedolisten.org

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I love Howard Binkow's books and cannot wait to read his next one.
T. Mastalski
One thing I would love with this story is a Howard B. Wigglebottom puppet.
Books That Heal Kids
Howard graciously donated this book to our 2nd and 3rd grade teachers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The fourth book in the series
Takes on the serious theme
Of kids getting the feeling
That they've let down the team

When parents start to quarrel
To bicker and to fight
Kids may feel that they're to blame
For things not going right

Howard's friend was very sad
He couldn't stop her pain
But after speaking to his Mom
He made her smile again

Sometimes you can't change the world
There's nothing you can do
Friends can help to make you see
A different point of view

This beautifully illustrated children's book would make a great addition to any young reader's library, and should also be discussed in Kindergarten and Primary schools. Congratulations to Howard Binkow for another thought-provoking and interesting addition to the series.

Amanda Richards, May 19, 2010
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Mastalski on February 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I work in a Pre-K Counts classroom. During the week we learned about R, we talked about rainbows. So, I read "Howard B. Wigglbottom Learns About Mud and Rainbows." The kids loved it! I have read the other 3 Wigglebottom books to them, so they were familiar with the characters. The kids' favorite part was when Howard asked "the only expert on practically everything in the universe: his MOM!" My favorite part was when Howard realized "sometimes life gives you RAINBOWS and sometimes you get MUD! So if you find yourself headfirst in mud and you can't change it, you have choices." I love Howard Binkow's books and cannot wait to read his next one. Every young child should read these books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on July 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm a school counselor and own three of the Howard books. I love them as do my students!

This is a very nurturing read for students. I just love it. What a FANTASTIC book to bring out the loving caring sides of kids. I am constantly noticing the GOOD I see in students. They are always wanting to help those around them. This story encourages healthy friendship. Part of being a "healthy" friend is recognizing when a problem is maybe too big to solve and may require adult help or advice. And maybe sometimes, being a good friend is being a good listener. Love that! We can't fix everything but we can sure just be there for each other. The other reason I love this story is it helps kids whose parents are going through a divorce or are fighting. It is so important they hear it's not their fault. We assume they already know this - they don't. One thing I would love with this story is a Howard B. Wigglebottom puppet. The students would love it. There isn't one yet but I hope one gets created.
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I received this book for review from the author. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

I read this book aloud to my children.

I love the name of the rabbit, Howard B. Wigglebottom. It's cute, it's funny, and accurately describes my kids who can't seem to sit still!

The book starts off funny and entertaining as we see the different ways that Howard likes to fix things. It takes on a little bit more of a serious tone when Howard find his best friend, Ali, crying. She is sad because her parents have been fighting a lot, and she feels as if it is all her fault. Howard wants desperately to "fix it," but doesn't know how. Not knowing what to do, he sits with Ali every day and just listens while she talks. Howard doesn't even realize that what he is doing is helping Ali!

Howard talks to his mom about Ali's situation, and she has very sage advice for Howard, telling him that sometimes parents do fight and that it is NEVER the child's fault. Furthermore, she reassures Howard that he is doing what Ali needs most: He is being a friend. Even though we cannot always fix things, we can change the way we think and feel about it.

The moral of the story is:

"Howard learned that sometimes life gives you RAINBOWS and sometimes you get MUD!

So if you find yourself headfirst in mud and you can't change it, you have choices.

You can be unhappy about it...
or make the best of it."

I loved this book! I thought the message was inspiring and very thought-provoking. It is not just a message for children, but for adults as well. Binkow includes suggestions for lessons and reflections at the back of the book, and I spent quite a while discussing the book with my kids.
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"Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Mud and Rainbows" is the latest in the "Howard B. Wigglebottom" series by the author dedicated to help children find ways to feel good about themselves. Howard is a helpful bunny who likes to fix things. He helps his friend Mertle Turtle move faster (LOTS faster), he helps the frogs in science class stretch their legs (read ESCAPE), and he vacuums up all the stray bunny hair when Mama Bunny complained there was bunny hair in the soup. (Sometimes Howard fixes things a bit too much, but no one dares to complain.) However, his friend Ali alligator feels sad and blue because her parents have been fighting a lot and she thinks it is her fault. Howard listens and listens to Ali, trying to figure out how to fix the problem, but he can't figure out how. Finally he talks to his mom, "the only expert on practically everything in the universe," and she tells him he IS doing what his friend Ali needs, which is listening. She also tells him to tell her it is NEVER the child's fault when parents fight, and she says: "When we find something we can't fix, we can change the way we think and feel about it." Howard races off to tell Ali the good news, and guess what happens next? After explaining to her that it was not her fault, he tripps and falls in a pond, ending up covered with mud! This makes Ali laugh! "Howard learned that sometimes life gives you RAINBOWS and sometimes you get MUD!" Fortunately, Howard and Ali learn to make the best of it! The furry textured, soft paintings that illustrate "Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Mud and Rainbows" add greatly to the gentle, encouraging tone of the story. "Howard P. Wigglebottom Learns About Mud and Rainbows" will appeal to children age 3 and up.
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