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Willow Finds a Way Hardcover – March 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554538424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554538423
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K-Gr 1-Being invited to someone's birthday party is an honor, especially if it's someone who's popular like Kristabelle. Willow is thrilled to be on the initial guest list, but she becomes troubled as Kristabelle begins to remove names as children displease her. Willow knows Kristabelle's behavior is cruel and controlling but she just can't find the words or the nerve to tell her. Eventually, she finds the courage to remove her own name from the list, and the rest of her classmates follow suit. This leaves Kristabelle distressed since no one wants to come to her party. The students watch her struggle while learning an important lesson. She then destroys the list and invites all of them to the party. They happily reconsider after recognizing that she has changed her ways. Button has recognized a common childhood dilemma, trying to deal with a peer's controlling personality. She has crafted a story to help children acknowledge and express their feelings while in uncomfortable situations. Howells's artwork is simple and strongly emotional. The conclusion elicits a sigh of relief from readers as the tension in the class is eliminated and the party will go on. A good choice to prompt discussions about friendship, bullying, and self-confidence.-Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Lana Button works in early childhood education. Her writing has been published in Ladybug magazine and Today's Parent. Willow's Whispers is Lana's first book for Kids Can Press.

Tania Howells's illustrations have appeared in Chirp and Today's Parent, among other publications. She is the illustrator of Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance and Willow's Whispers.Tania lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LadyInRead on June 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is about asserting yourself and doing what is right, even if everyone else goes the other way. It is also about teaching kids that having everyone do what you want them to do always by holding back on things for them is not good. It is about standing up to bullies. This story relates all these messages in easily understood words with expressive and bright illustrations to accompany them. Young kids will understand and appreciate the story.
Willow is a perfect role model - just like anyone else in class - wanting to be included and liked - but when she realizes her friend is being a bully - she shows courage and by doing so, she at once frees herself and her friends from being bullied.

My kids' thoughts: I loved how Willow was able to change her friend's mind and convince her to invite everyone to her party without any silly rules. Her rating for this book 5*s.

Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on the book were in no way influenced by the uthor or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MAHUGHES on March 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm an elementary school librarian, and I was looking for books to develop our character collection. I intend to purchase this book for our library. The story is excellent, and I think very relate-able for children. What child hasn't worried about whether they will be the only one NOT invited to a party? Or hasn't gone along with what someone wants them to do because they are afraid that they will be seen as unpopular? Willow sticks up for her friends and herself in the end, and she shows grace and forgiveness through it all. I especially liked that she couldn't always find the words or the courage to do what she knew was right. The illustrations were a little more on the simple side, and I think in reading this aloud, I might take the time to point out the characters a little. The first illustration of the book has the whole cast of characters, so it might confuse younger children without some support. I know that Kristabelle is the boss, and that is probably why the illustrator made her a little bigger on that first page; however, we lose sight of Willow for a bit. This is nothing that can't be remedied, but definitely something that you want to be aware of before so that you can set up the story for your younger listeners/readers. Excellent story and a well-written one. I highly recommend this book.
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By Alison905 on March 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
We LOVE this book! My two year old son, and 4 year old daughter ask for "Willow" every single night. This is a fabulous story that needs to find it's way into every child's hands before starting school. It is important for quieter, impressionable kids, as well as stronger willed kids to learn how to treat each other. As parents we try to explain the importance of treating people with kindness and respect, but this book is so useful in showing kids the outcome of not treating friends nicely.
Go Willow GO!
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I love Willow ! She has changed so much from Willow Whispers to this new adventure. I love how you can teach BME of a story and how what happens to a bully at different stages.
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