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The Biggest and Brightest Light: A True Story of the Heart Hardcover – March 10, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Reed Publishers; 1 edition (March 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931741301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931741309
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amanda Perlyn, the illustrator, is the author's daughter. This book is her story.

Marilyn Perlyn and her family are recipients of a national award from the Points of Light Foundation and the R. David Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award. Her children have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Dr. Joy Brown Show. The illustrations of Amanda Perlyn vividly portray her recollections of herself and her teacher in first grade.

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It is an effective tool in helping children to understand how to help others.
K.C
Between the vivid illustrations and Amanda's heartwarming journey, this children's book is a true gem to be cherished for years to come.
Julie Brown
Sometimes the best thing one person can do for another is simply to be there, and care.
Midwest Book Review

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K.C on May 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This heartwarming book is a beautiful and true story that will inspire parents and children alike. It is an effective tool in helping children to understand how to help others. It is rare to find a book such as this that appeals to all generations and it will definitely become a treasured gem in any childs book collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bhruss4" on March 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This story is inspirational for anybody, of any age, and a wonderful reminder that nobody is too young to help others! The love and hard work of this mother-daughter team shines through the enitre book. I highly recommend this book to chldren and adults a like - we all need a little reminder of the power of giving!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Blake TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This true story, of six year old Amada, demonstrates the impact a young child can have in making a difference in the lives of others through acts of kindness and loving concern.

Dr. Malko, Amanda's first grade teacher, told the children of her daughter's illness. Amanda was concerned when she learned of the hospital expenses. She thoughtfully considered how she might help. An idea came to her. She made and sold holiday ornaments to help provide for this need.

Dr. Malko expressed her appreciation this way: "...You know, Amada, when children do such special deeds, they are like angels...Thank you my little angel." This gave Amanda the best feeling that she had ever had.

As the stars shimmered in the nighttime sky Amanda glowed with pride knowing that no matter how old you are, you are old enough to make a difference in someone's life.

This wonderful story will tug at your heart as you share it with your child. Children ages four through eight will be delighted by the eye-catching color illustrations created by Amanda Perlyn.

"The Biggest and Brightest Light" is inspirational and full of seed thoughts, of kindness, and thoughtfulness, to sow and nurture in your child's mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Biggest And Brightest Light: A True Story Of The Heart is a rich and meaningful picture book about the greatest treasure anyone can share. Written by Marilyn Perlyn, The Biggest And Brightest Light features very simple yet moving illustrations by Amanda Perlyn. Six-year-old Amanda wants to help her teacher with a problem, but this problem is so big that it cannot be solved... for the teacher's daughter is very sick. Sometimes the best thing one person can do for another is simply to be there, and care. More than gifts or pleasantries, the biggest and brightest light is love, compassion, and the warm feeling one gets from helping someone in need, a lesson that bears remembering in this timeless tale about making a difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Brown on March 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Biggest and Brightest Light is a truly inspiring piece of children's literature. As a mother, I feel that The Biggest and Brightest Light is a wonderful tool for helping parents introduce to their children the essentials of generosity and the joy of giving to others. As an elementary school teacher, I've been able to incorporate this fantastic story into our character education program. Between the vivid illustrations and Amanda's heartwarming journey, this children's book is a true gem to be cherished for years to come.
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