Hurt feelings are no fun. So when a girl feels hurt by her friend, all she can think to do is hurt her friend right back. But the wise old tree at this playground has seen this cycle of nastiness before. The wise tree speaks up to help the girl find a more kind, respectful way to work out her friendship troubles.
"I understand. Your heart and your stomach are tied up in knots. If you leave Emma out so her heart hurts too, will that help you feel better?" asked the tree."Not when you say it like that. That just sounds mean. But what else can I do?" pleaded the girl.
Through captivating illustrations and some chuckles, Be Bigger helps children to work through their emotions and to see a positive, respectful way of working out disagreements. The tree uses ages-old wisdom and loving encouragement to teach a growth mindset, encouraging kids to persevere through challenging situations. Free supporting worksheets and other teaching resources are available at https://TalkingTreeBooks.com
Book 2 in the Talking with Trees series of values books for kids. Written for children grades K-4, Talking with Trees books include supersize pictures that engage children emotionally, helping them learn how to use their hearts and minds to guide them toward building good character traits like respect, honesty, responsibility, and empathy.
Colleen Doyle Bryant is the author of five books and more than 50 learning resources about making good choices for the right reasons. Her Talking with Trees series for elementary students and Truth Be Told series for teens are used in curriculums to teach good character traits and social emotional skills. More than 100,000 of her good values teaching resources are downloaded each year by parents and teachers around the world.