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Ripple's Effect Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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—Nancy Coffelt, author/illustrator of Aunt Ant Leaves Through the Leaves
PBS Parents: Raising a Positive Child in a Negative World: “Teaching young children to use the power of positive thinking shows them that they have more control over their environment than they realize. It is this vision that prompted Shawn and I to co-author a book for children entitled Ripple’s Effect. Based on the principles of positive psychology, we crafted the story of a dolphin named Ripple who stands up to a bully shark named Snark.”
The Suffolk News-Herald: Happiness has ‘ripple effect’: “Blankson and Achor both know a lot about happiness. Blankson has been a consultant for more than 15 years, teaching businesses, foundations, and nonprofit organizations about how to create positive and productive leaders. Achor, author of bestseller The Happiness Advantage, spent more than a decade researching happiness and teaching positive psychology at Harvard University.”
About the Author
Shawn Achor spent over a decade at Harvard University studying the principles of happiness before penning the international bestseller, "The Happiness Advantage." He is also the founder of Good Think. To teach his happiness principles to younger readers, he collaborated with his sister, Amy Blankson, to write "Ripple's Effect."
Amy Blankson is a positive leadership consultant and among her many achievements, has been named a Point of Light by Presidents Bush and Clinton. As a mother of three, she hopes "Ripple's Effect" will inspire young people to make a positive difference in their world.
Cecilia Rebora belongs to a creative family of painters. She was raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she still lives. Shortly after beginning her studies in the arts, Cecilia discovered that what she enjoyed most in life was telling stories with pictures. She studied for three years at the Josep Sierra - Abella School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, and it was there that she truly fell in love with the profession. She has since published around thirty children's books worldwide.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although the story is cute, and the illustrations are vibrant, the storyline is more superficial than I'd hoped and I have to "edit out" the name calling when we read it (e.g. dim fin & bubble brain) as she has no concept of name calling yet, and I don't think it is appropriate for me to introduce it to her via storytime and have her go around calling her little sister or friends names.
We will keep it in the rotation, as I think any reinforcement of choosing to be happy is positive and I can still use the characters in the story as examples when she is having a tough moment, I just expected a little more.
The trainer calls to Ripple and notices how sad she looks. She gave her some very good advice and made Ripple smile again. Ripple decided right then and there that she was not going to allow Snark to control her. She was going to play and maybe even make friends with him and his gang.
I downloaded and read the lesson plan that was provided for educators on activities and more for this book. I was very impressed with all the activities and information that was available to teach and share with the children about this story.
The authors have created a very sweet character in Ripple the dolphin and a very grouchy bully shark named Snark. In the two main characters they will teach a lesson in maintaining happiness within ones life and a positive attitude even in the face of a bully shark. The illustrator depicted the story in vibrant colors of the ocean and the marine creatures that live there, even if they do live in a tank.
I highly recommend this book to parents, grandparents, educators, and librarians.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Little Pickle Press for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
I think if the parent moderates the story-time session and provides meaningful viewpoint questions, this could be a fantastic learning tool. Like, "Do you know anyone who is like Snark the shark?" "How does it make you feel when someone treats you like that?" "Do you think it is ok to call people names like Snark did?" "Do you know anyone like Ripple?" "Do you think you could make some happy by bring nice?"
Books are great, but the conversation they can stir up is what will really drive the good lessons home. If your kid is being bullied, read this book together and discuss it. It's a cute story, but there is also a lot of depth to it. Dissect it together. It's a great lesson in human behavior and how small, positive initiatives can make life much better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shawn Achor- great writer and this book can be for anyone. We have it in our daughter's first nursery book collection.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I guess I did not read everything carefully enough. After watching Blackfish, I would never introduce a child to a story about sea life being kept in a pool instead of left in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by jwmmjwscw
Thank you for this plain and simple explanation of how we can help our families and our communities to be happier and full of optimism. I'm going to share this with my son.Published 10 months ago by CaryMac
I know Shawn from his TED talk and The Happiness Advantage book. I bought this one because while I don't children yet I'm addicted to getting new perspectives on positive... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Grace
We need more positive teachings like this for our children. Loved!!! Perfect x-mas gift for my niece :-)Published 16 months ago by Karen Judge
Great idea and great artwork, but horribly executed. Boring, boring!Published 17 months ago by Badger