A wonderful story encouraging confident reading and writing.
The star of this children’s book is Jojo the talented horse. When she meets two other horses, Carlo and Teddy, she invites them to a reading and writing class which is being held at her ranch. Already waiting for the class to begin are four children, Julie, Sam, Paul and Suzie.
When Julie reveals that she has a stutter it prompts Carlo to confide in them that he had a difficulty too when he was younger, but he has overcome it. In doing this he gives Julie and the other children confidence that they can overcome obstacles too.
Jojo is very pleased to hear the story and decides to set the children and horses’ playtime stories to improve their writing and reading. In the first they are asked to explain why they believe they can be great readers and writers, and in the second they are asked to write about the person who has helped them learn something new.
However, this is an interactive book and so the playtimes continues for a further 30 days. The reader is encouraged to write their own short stories each day about any type of animal, and how people can help it. They are encouraged to use their imagination and see where it takes them.
My grandson is staying with us, and so we have decided that we are going to do a short story each day. Kevin is loving the creativeness of this project, and as a parent and grandparent it is amazing to see how his writing and imagination is growing each day. Having belief in yourself and your abilities doesn’t always come naturally to everyone. Each person is different, and sometimes there may be physical, or mental challenges to overcome.
This wonderful book is excellent for children, but also a tool for parents and teachers showing them how to encourage their charges to be creative and express their dreams and imagination as stories.
I absolutely love this book and its concept. The message is clearly demonstrated to children, practice regularly, use your imagination, believe in yourself and anything is possible. It is also an important lesson to adults that sometimes spending time with your child, giving them the confidence that you believe they can do a task is all it takes to sow the seeds of success, and these will eventually grow helping your child gain confidence and belief in themselves.
About the Author:
Suzanne Mondoux: A Voice For Animals Explorer, Environmental Professional, Author. French Canadian-born author and environmentally-conscious mining manager Suzanne Mondoux is dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the environment. “I am passionate about the well-being of animals.” In the Republic of Congo she wrote about her work with elephants. “The title of my first book ‘How I Became a Dragon’ refers to the tusks of elephants killed for the ivory that arrives in China, where the dragon is synonymous with Chinese culture.” Mondoux wrote her second novel while working the Rep of Guinea – Her second novel ‘Tragedy of the Moth’. Since then she has published The Adventures of Anuk: the first leap, and Anuk: book of words, and children series colouring and activity books (10) – I Believe series. She continues to work in Africa doing Biodiversity work.
About the I Believe series:
The series I Believe is a journey of discovery and gratitude with amazing animal beings.
1.I Believe: I Am Courageous and an Explorer, Just Like Carlo and Teddy, Two Amazing Horses.
2.I Believe: I Am a Great Reader and Writer, Just Like Jojo, the Talented Horse.
3.I Believe: I Can Learn to Draw and Paint, Just Like Sara, the Golden Mare.
4.I Believe: It Is Okay to Be Afraid and Talk about My Fears, Just Like Sparky, the Amazing Dog.
5.I Believe: I Can Learn Something New, Just Like Cody, The Best Dog Swimmer.
6.I Believe: It Is Easy to Be Kind and Good to One Another and to Animals, Just Like Baxter, the Magnificent Dog.
7.I Believe: I Have Confidence in Myself, Just Like Rocky, the Musical Dog.
8.I Believe: I Can Find Solutions to Any Challenge or Adversity, Just Like Max, the Cat.
9.I Believe: It Is Fun Discovering the World Around Me, Just Like Sara, Carlo, and Teddy, the Curious Horses.
10.I Believe: I Can Be Thankful and Grateful Every Day for One Thing in My Life, Just Like Carlo and Teddy and All Their Friends at the Ranch.
Suzanne Mondoux—A Voice for Animals http://suzannemondoux.com
Suzanne Mondoux is the author of the series The Adventures of Anuk: The First Leap, an ecological story of a young girl on a quest to save the world.
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