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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
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 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

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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


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

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: 2635 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Little Pickle Press (May 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091YENPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,403 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bubbly and uplifting children's book September 3, 2012
By Earl66
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 days 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 13 days 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Chad
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is Looking in the Mirror
The Ripple Effect reads like a fable; it teaches us the life lessons of dealing with bullies not by flexing muscles or showing fearlessness, but by understanding bullies as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Debbierocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Story is AWESOME!
This is a great book for all kids, grown and still growing. My 4-year-old twins love to make their best shark-smiling faces at the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My son LOVED this book
I have just discovered Shawn Achor and am so enthralled with his work. I have been on a journey with my eight year old for the past year to promote a positive, conscious life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rachel R.Lyons
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't want my kids learning about being a bully
The shark is such a bully that if you don't have kids that have been exposed to bullying, then in my opinion this is not the book for you (or me). Read more
Published 3 months ago by JWood
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Wonderful story for children! I loved it so much, I bought another copy and gave it to my son's kindergarten teacher. :)
Published 4 months ago by Teri
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
Bought the Kindle version, and it looks really great. I bought it for myself not our child, and really nice story.
Published 6 months ago by Csaba
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