Be Proud

Talking With Trees

Book 1
Colleen Doyle Bryant
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A touching tale that teaches a lesson in honesty and listening to your conscience. 

A boy sneaks off to play his game player when mom told him not to. He figures that as long as he doesn’t get caught, he’s not lying, right? A wise old tree steps in to help the boy learn that truly being honest is about more than just not speaking lies. If you have to sneak around because you know something is wrong, that’s a kind of dishonesty too. And it doesn’t feel good on the inside.


With heartwarming wisdom, the tree shows the boy how to listen to his conscience (“that voice in your head and feeling in your heart that tells you if something is right or wrong, even when no one is looking”) and helps him learn how to forgive and grow from his mistakes.

 With lessons on honesty, conscience, and forgiveness, Be Proud helps children learn that honesty counts in both your actions and your words. And the book teaches children to listen to their conscience, so they can feel the true reward of making good choices—that feeling of pride for having done the right thing, even when it’s hard.

 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. The included discussion guide helps parents and teachers expand on the story to talk about children's own experiences building good character. Free supporting teaching materials are available at TalkingTreeBooks.com

 

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About the author

Colleen will tell you that having four kids is great because you can say things like, "It is not ok to roast marshmallows over my scented candle," and because they are a never-ending supply of material for books. After 15 years in marketing and freelance writing, Colleen first turned to children's book writing as a project to raise money for a foster home in Beijing, China, where her family was living at the time. Super Easy Storytelling, her first children's book (written with her daughter), is about how to tell stories together on the fly- which was the family's way of calming the chaos that comes with four kids in a car, restaurant, or really anyplace they needed to behave. The Talking with Trees series is thanks to the kids as well. Colleen wrote the series based on real experiences with tearful children facing the tough business of growing up into good people. Colleen and her husband live in Oregon with a houseful.
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Publisher
Colleen Doyle Bryant
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Published on
Nov 21, 2011
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Pages
24
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ISBN
9781467921909
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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A story about treating friends with respect and kindness, even when feelings are hurt.


“Last time I played at Emma’s she totally ignored me! 
She didn’t even notice when I left!” 

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 us how to persevere through challenging situations, even when it's hard. Free supporting worksheets and other teaching resources are available at http://TalkingTreeBooks.com

 

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. The included discussion guide helps parents and teachers expand on the story to talk about children's own experiences building good character.

A story about treating friends with respect and kindness, even when feelings are hurt.


“Last time I played at Emma’s she totally ignored me! 
She didn’t even notice when I left!” 

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 us how to persevere through challenging situations, even when it's hard. Free supporting worksheets and other teaching resources are available at http://TalkingTreeBooks.com

 

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. The included discussion guide helps parents and teachers expand on the story to talk about children's own experiences building good character.

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