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Ripple's Effect: A beautiful children's picture book about the power of a smile Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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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.”

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.”

Ripple’s Effect is a sweet and inventive take on thwarting a bully. Ripple’s good nature and quick wits make this a fun and helpful read for anyone who’s had to deal with a “Snark”.
—Nancy Coffelt, author/illustrator of Aunt Ant Leaves Through the Leaves


Ripple’s Effect teaches kids that it’s never too soon to learn about the power of a smile, and that facing fear with friendliness could turn a bully into a buddy. —Cristina Kessler, author of The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela

From the Author

To parents interested in raising positive outliers:  Over the past decade, we have made incredible breakthroughs in our understanding of happiness and its connection with life-long success. My research helped prove that happiness leads to success, not the other way around. Most people think I will be happy when . . . I get a good grade, win the soccer game, get a scholarship, lose ten pounds, or get a job. That happiness is short-lived because success is a moving target. We found numerous ways in which kids and parents alike can increase their happiness, and thus, their success. Scientifically, happiness is a choice and a learned skill--and happiness spreads. With the discovery of the mirror neurons in the brain, we now
know that we are all connected. When you smile, my mirror neurons light up, telling me I am the one smiling. We also pick up on negativity like second-hand smoke. However, we can make a ripple effect of positivity if we begin to choose happiness ourselves. If positive individuals gain back control from bullies and from negative people, they can refashion a world that is based on the advantages that happiness brings. But science is useless unless it is lived and shared. We hope you will keep the Ripple's Effect going.

Gratefully,
Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson

Product Details

  • File Size: 2521 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Little Pickle Press (May 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091YENPO
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Heart warming story! Does a great job of explaining how we all can make a positive difference in the world around us, no matter how young or scared we may be. My kids and I love it! Ripple has definitely made an effect on us!
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School started here recently and when I looked for a book to use as a basis to talk about bully behavior with my new student, I found this book to be perfect! From the lovely illustrations to the sweet story, my son and I both loved Ripple!
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Just recently I was chatting with a first grader about his experience being bullied. It's hard to get over those kinds of hurdles as a child. What a great book for kids who are smart, fun, and joyful except when they are around "sharks." Every child can be a great influence but the power of a positive kid in the midst of adversity can change lives. Children's literature needs this book. I'm glad it's here.
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Ripple, a dolphin, has a new home, and as she enters the water she sees there are many other creatures in and around the tank. She is so excited that she swims around only to come beak to snout with a very mean looking shark. After he informs her she was not to play in the tank or else she would have to deal with him. This really frighten her. The other creatures told her they never get to play because of Snark the shark. How depressing this was for Ripple.

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.
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Ripple's Effect is a great tale about the positive power of choosing joy over fear. The illustrations are wonderfully expressive, quirky and lovable in all aspects! A great read teaching that the power of optimism can overcome obstacles and win us new friends.
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Motivational author and speaker Shawn Achor and his sister Amy Blankson have penned a fun and uplifting story of Ripple the dolphin, who shows everyone in the fish tank, including grumpy Snark the shark, how to be happy and have fun. The story provides children with a charming lesson in the power of a smile and the importance of having a sunny outlook and not dwelling on the bad things. In addition, it provides insight on how to deal with a bully. Cecilia Rebora's illustrations bring the story to life and a smile to the face of the reader. Highly recommended addition to a child's library!
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By jmcgeetx on September 20, 2013
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I'd hoped to introduce my almost 4 year old to the Happiness philosophy via story as sometimes she gets hung up on sad and I am a big fan of The Happiness Adgantage.

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.
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Having recently returned to the States from overseas, and then homeschooling my children, I only recently began to read about the huge issue of bullying that kids have to face today. Ripple's Effect addresses this issue in a positive, proactive manner, giving children a tool with which to deal with bullying in their own lives. The story is interesting and engaging, and the illustrations are a sweet accompaniment. A great book for homeschoolers and school children alike!
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