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Adventures at Walnut Grove: A Lesson about Teasing is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards

Adventures at Walnut Grove: A Lesson about Teasing, is a 32 page, hardcover, picture book, in which a cast of animal characters demonstrate the importance of always treating others the way tyou would like to be treated. The book is colorfully illustrated in a child-pleasing way, without being cartoonish. The sweet pictures definitely hold the attention of small children. The story is set at Walnut Grove resort. School is out and the animals have gathered for some summer fun. Before long, Sammy the squirrel's feelings are hurt when a newcomer, Bucky the beaver, calls him a bad name. It is here that the first lesson is presented: Sammy knows it is wrong to tease and although he is quite upset, he does not retaliate. However, the name-caller learns his lesson when he becomes the victim and is teased by someone else. The knowledge of how it feels to be treated in such a way leads Bucky to apoligize. All is forgiven and the animals vow to tease no more. The story ends with fun and laughter as the friends get back to enjoying summer games and one another's company. A few interactive questions and a word from the author are found at the end of the book. These help reinforce the lesson learned as children think about how they may have felt under the same circumstances and what they might have done if they had been there. The book is designed for ages three to ten. Most children in this age group will relate to and enjoy this story on some level. Adventures at Walnut Grove may be used as a read aloud, or even turned into a mini-unit. A number of suggestions and helpful print outs are available on the author's website. These are written with the classroom in mind, but could easily be adapted to a homeschool or co-op enviroment. Our family printed out the animal characters, colored them, and acted out the story. This was a lot of fun and I am grateful for the suggestion and materials given. While this is not classic literature, the author does a very good job teaching a strong and direct lesson: teasing hurts others and getting along is easier when the Golden Rule is followed. This makes the book a valuable teaching tool for parents. The only criticism I have is that Sammy the Squirrel seems to be, well, perfect! He doesn't struggle to do what is right. The book states that he never calls anyone bad names and is always nice to other animals. I can see why these character traits are included; it is good to have something to strive for and someone to look up to. However, I found this a little over the top. The part of the story I found to be excellent, was that both animals were teased about something they had little control over: physical looks and ability. This was a very wise choice in my opinion, since it is what we find in real life. Because the victims could do little to improve these ares, the hu --The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Adventures at Walnut Grove: A Lesson about Teasing, is a 32 page, hardcover, picture book, in which a cast of animal characters demonstrate the importance of always treating others the way tyou would like to be treated. The book is colorfully illustrated in a child-pleasing way, without being cartoonish. The sweet pictures definitely hold the attention of small children. The story is set at Walnut Grove resort. School is out and the animals have gathered for some summer fun. Before long, Sammy the squirrel's feelings are hurt when a newcomer, Bucky the beaver, calls him a bad name. It is here that the first lesson is presented: Sammy knows it is wrong to tease and although he is quite upset, he does not retaliate. However, the name-caller learns his lesson when he becomes the victim and is teased by someone else. The knowledge of how it feels to be treated in such a way leads Bucky to apoligize. All is forgiven and the animals vow to tease no more. The story ends with fun and laughter as the friends get back to enjoying summer games and one another's company. A few interactive questions and a word from the author are found at the end of the book. These help reinforce the lesson learned as children think about how they may have felt under the same circumstances and what they might have done if they had been there. The book is designed for ages three to ten. Most children in this age group will relate to and enjoy this story on some level. Adventures at Walnut Grove may be used as a read aloud, or even turned into a mini-unit. A number of suggestions and helpful print outs are available on the author's website. These are written with the classroom in mind, but could easily be adapted to a homeschool or co-op enviroment. Our family printed out the animal characters, colored them, and acted out the story. This was a lot of fun and I am grateful for the suggestion and materials given. While this is not classic literature, the author does a very good job teaching a strong and direct lesson: teasing hurts others and getting along is easier when the Golden Rule is followed. This makes the book a valuable teaching tool for parents. The only criticism I have is that Sammy the Squirrel seems to be, well, perfect! He doesn't struggle to do what is right. The book states that he never calls anyone bad names and is always nice to other animals. I can see why these character traits are included; it is good to have something to strive for and someone to look up to. However, I found this a little over the top. The part of the story I found to be excellent, was that both animals were teased about something they had little control over: physical looks and ability. This was a very wise choice in my opinion, since it is what we find in real life. Because the victims could do little to improve these ares, the hurt they felt was very pronounced. The author uses this to teach an important truth:everyone looks different and has different abitities-what truly matters is who they are on the inside. Wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone took note of this? In conclusion, this book teaches a valuable lesson in a fun manner. It helps children make sense of teasing and comprehend its consequences. Listening to stories is an easy way for many children to learn, and so I feel Adventures at Walnut Grove is an extremely useful teaching aid; I am glad to have it on my bookshelf. Product Review by Stacy Kalisz --The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

About the Author

Dana Lehman is married and has two children. She has been a stay at home mom for twelve years. Now she works from home writing children's books that teach life lessons. Dana also visits many schools teaching children the importance of treating each other with kindness and respect. She considers school presentations one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. Dana is fortunate to have her mother-in-law, Judy Lehman, illustrate her books using water colors. Judy is a retired elementary school teacher. She has been an artist for over forty years.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: AD710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lehman Publishing; 1st edition (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979268605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979268601
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A week ago, we got this book about an adorable squirrel who lives in Walnut Grove and, ever since, my six year old daughter has asked us to read it to her every night before bedtime. I've watched her listen intently as Sammy the squirrel's feelings get hurt when he is teased about the way he looks. My four year old son has absorbed the story's life lesson as well; he's been pointing out instances of teasing every day, giving us many opportunities to talk about why that's not a nice thing to do. What a wonderful tool Ms. Lehman has provided for us grown-ups to teach little ones the foundation of good citizenship, the all important Golden Rule: that we must treat others as we would like to be treated. If everyone had learned this Rule while young, the world would certainly be a much better place! Kudos to Ms. Lehman for making the task of raising conscientious little citizens that much easier. I'm looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next!
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I loved reading this book to my son. The author made it easy for him to connect with the main characters Sammy and Bucky. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and animated. It becomes easy for a parent to show how teasing can be hurtful. Any book that can do this gets my vote.
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I bought this book for reading to 4 and 5 year olds in pre-school and kindergarten. I love the book - the message comes through without shouting it. The art work is charming and who wouldn't love a squirrel with raccoon eyes? Love this series of books.
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What a wonderful lesson on the effects of teasing! A must read for parents & children of all ages! The story is easy to relate to & the pictures are fun to follow. This story should be read in all classes & available on every library shelf.
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Adventures at Walnut Grove (Mom's Choice Awards Recipient) is the first five star rated children's book in a series of three by Dana Lehman publishing. In the book we follow Sammy the Squirrel who has lots of friends. But there was an incident in Sammy's life where he was teased for being a little different and it was painful. We follow Sammy and his friends as they learn a valuable lesson about treating other animals with respect, not calling names and not teasing.

Join Sammy and friends as they play Walnut Ball, swim in Paradise Pond and build friendships that last a lifetime. I love that there is a parent involved in this story and I love that every step in the learning process for the characters is talked about in detail. So many books leave inferred ideas and I am a huge fan in that this one lets my Kindergartner read it and understand the entire process of the lesson!
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My daughter recieved this book as a gift from her Grandma and we have been reading it almost daily ever since. My daughter immediately fell in love with the main character Sammy and talks about how the animals shouldn't tease each other and call each other names. My daughter will be starting pre-school this year and I know that the lessons she has learned from this book will help her to interact in a positive way with her new group of friends. The illustration are beautiful.
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'Adventures at Walnut Grove: A Lesson about Teasing' is a charming children's picturebook that tells a simple story with an important life lesson - treat others as you would like to be treated!
The story features the exploits of a group of many types of forest animals; beavers, raccoons, porcupines and the main character Sammy who is a squirrel.
During the interactions of these forest friends Sammy gets teased for the way he looks but soon the one who did the teasing discovers that it is no fun to be on the receiving end!
The books message is carried in the story naturally and will allow children to see how the things you do and say come back to you, sometimes sooner than you expect! Children will recognize and warm to the animals and relate to their experiences very easily.
The delightful illustrations are on almost every page and will help younger children to follow the story. My favourite is the one that shows Sammy shedding a few tears after he was teased.
The book is bold, fun, colourful and has a great message. I love children's books that contain life lessons and will have lots of fun sharing this one with my nieces!
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A Lesson About Teasing is a book I knew would become a part of my "Bucket Filling Collection". It a beautifully told and illustrated story of a very important lesson: "Treat others the way you want to be treated!" Once you view the cover, you instantly want to pick up the book and hug it even before you open it. On the cover you see Sammy the squirrel with tears falling from his eyes. Both my seven year old and the preschool class I read this to were instantly drawn to the cover and wondering why this adorable squirrel was crying. Of course we had to make our predictions about what may be causing the sweet squirrel to be so sad.

When you open the book and begin to join Sammy at Walnut Grove, you are instantly drawn to the beautiful illustrations. The author shares what makes Sammy unique. All of us can make a text to text connection with Sammy since each of us can recall ways we are different and unique from the people around us. Just as Sammy is unique, so are each of us. My daughter was happy to share what made her unique from other people, just as Sammy was unique from other squirrels!

As you read through the story you realize what a great teaching tool this book is for both parents and teachers. It teaches one of the most important rules... teasing hurts others and getting along is easier when we treat others kindly. Although God is not mentioned in this book, as a Sunday school teacher, I can see how this would be a valuable book to use in a Sunday School lesson about being kind to others as Jesus wanted us to. Love your neighbor!!!

Sammy is teased in the story for his physical looks. When Sammy is teased in the story he cannot understand why he is being treated unkindly.
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