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

Shawn Achor , Amy Blankson , Cecilia Rebora
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Mom's Choice Award Book! FREE audio book inside
By national bestselling author of The Happiness AdvantageShawn Achor
Powerful message: Happiness is a choice and a simple smile can be all it takes to spread it around
Beautiful and expressive illustrations that complement the overall message of the story
It takes big actions to make big changes. Or does it? In Ripple’s Effect, residents of an aquarium learn that sometimes a smile is all it takes to make a world of difference. Awash with charming illustrations, this delightful tale will show children that happiness is a choice they get to make for themselves.

Editorial Reviews


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.

Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson

Product Details

  • File Size: 2635 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Little Pickle Press (May 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091YENPO
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lesson! August 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and heartwarming tale that teaches too August 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of a positive kid August 28, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate the power of an infectious smile September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with Bullies! March 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like bullies, but I don't like this book, either. February 18, 2014
This 2012 book from socially (and environmentally) responsible publisher Little Pickle Press means well. It's a new take on the old how-to-deal-with-a-bully problem. Unfortunately, it offers relatively little upside. If anything, it perpetuates negativity by introducing name-calling. Worse, the proferred solution--simply smiling at the bully--is unlikely to influence enemies, though it may succeed brilliantly at getting your teeth knocked out.

The watered-down watercolors are not to my liking but they are not objectively distasteful. I think what bothers me most is their black and white nature (figurative not literal). What I feel more confident carping about is the story's fishy bones: the solution is too easy and there's too many words on each page. Ripple's Effect also feeds the evil shark stereotype, pardon the pun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bubblelicious! September 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a sweet and refreshing lesson for young and old alike. Sometimes, the good people of this earth need to be given the tools to fight back against the bullies and negative minority who tend to take center stage. Shawn, Amy and Cecilia do a bang up job of taking us through this valuable and important life lesson by using very relatable characters, excellent story telling, and wonderful illustrations. A must read for the children (and the adults!) in your life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for School Children and Homeschooled Children September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It brought a smile to my face
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story To Read WITH Your Kids
This is a wonderful book for a parent to read with a child. I know kids are very smart and intuitive, but I think this is a book that could possibly go over a very young child's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Herawood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We need more positive teachings like this for our children. Loved!!! Perfect x-mas gift for my niece :-)
Published 5 months ago by Karen Judge
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Great idea and great artwork, but horribly executed. Boring, boring!
Published 5 months ago by Badger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Its SUPER lengthy, my 5 year old was bored
Not what I thought. Its SUPER lengthy, my 5 year old was bored. I was bored.
Published 8 months ago by sunshinerainbows
5.0 out of 5 stars Great children book
Great book. Kids love it. Good way to teach kids to have fun and smile. And more importantly to learn that happiness is found inside of them.
Published 8 months ago by Smbrooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for children facing new challenges
my grandson was having anxiety about starting first grade. I gave this book to him on his first day and he wanted to read it every night for a week. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. E.
5.0 out of 5 stars playful and delightful use of language!
We enjoyed the playful and delightful use of fun words that described how Snark and Ripple were feeling! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Linda Flom Raschke
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is contagious
A nice story for kids on how when one chooses to be happy it can also affect those around you in a positive manner as well. Excellent illustrations!
Published 11 months ago by Chad
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