Have you ever felt different? This book will remind you why you are perfect just as you are. Be confident and be you! This is the beautiful story of a very special zebra born at the zoo. Follow along as his mom has mixed emotions about her baby having spots instead of stripes. She eventually realizes that his differences are what will make him stand out in the crowds.
THE ZOO’S BIG NEWS • A new baby zebra was born at the zoo, but when his mother saw him she did not know what to do!
Come along as we watch as a mama zebra learns to love her baby’s differences and eventually realizes this his differences are what will make him stand out in the crowds. Does your baby zebra have spots instead of stripes?!?
Have you ever felt different? This book will remind you that
DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL!
This book is available in paperback (for children 2 years - 9 years young). Let us work together to make this world a kinder, more accepting, and more respectful place.
This book is available in hardcover (All ages - A treasure to have for the rest of your life and generations to come). All of my books can be treasured for a lifetime!
Talking about Differences with our Children
Sitting down to talk about differences with your children and students can be a challenging conversation… But it shouldn’t be. My two books, The Zoo’s Big News and Every So Often A Zebra Has Spots, are a gift from me to you to simplify the process. I am trying to provide parents, elementary teachers, preschool teachers, school counselors, and all those reading my books, a simple way to bring light to the beauty of being different. Every single one of us is unique and one of a kind. But why do we judge others when they “look different,” “speak differently,” or “love differently?” Why are people afraid of someone who looks or acts different than them? There is no simple answer to that but I can say that much of the fear comes from not knowing.
This leads me to why I write books that inspire conversations about being different. I want children to ask those questions and I want parents and educators to know how to respond. Children must be told that ALL living creatures deserve respect and love. Children must be told to be kind to everyone and welcoming to everyone. Friends come in all sizes, colors, and shapes.
Parents of children with Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other special needs, have thanked me for writing this book. They could relate personally to how the mother zebra felt when she saw her baby for the first time. And they each thanked me for speaking of that fear and showing how the mama zebra learns to realize how special her baby is because of his differences.
Reading books with Personified Animals
Children love reading books about animals. Animals are a fun and simple way to make a book lighthearted. They are sweet and when personified, they are relatable in a fun way.
Every child loves visiting the zoo. This book includes many of the zoo animals your child loves to go visit. Watch as the other animals observe the baby zebra with spots. The camel, giraffe, monkey, hippo, elephant, parrots, and other wild birds, all gather around to see what the commotion is all about. And the beauty of this story is that each animal welcomes the baby happily. They each realize that true beauty does not lie on the skin. True beauty shines brightly from inside.
“The true beauty lay deep inside
Beauty was not on the skin,
Her baby would grow up
And show his beauty from within.”
Fill your bookshelves with books that teach about KINDNESS.
Why should we learn to be kind from a young age?
- Kindness is one of the most important lessons that we can teach our children. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Be kind to the earth. Be kind to your neighbors. Be kind to your classmates. Be kind to animals.
- When you focus on kindness and treat others with kindness, it can’t help but grow. My book, “Love Grows Love” says it best, “Kindness grows kindness.”
- When we have the conversations with our children, we are not assuming that they will be kind and inclusive to all, we are ensuring it. We are leading by example and talking about the important things that need to be talked about. Our children know that kindness is the only option.
- Kind and respectful children become well-liked, happy, and successful adults.
Fill your bookshelves with books that teach about ACCEPTANCE.
Why should we learn to be accepting of all people from a young age?
- By teaching our children to be accepting to all, we are creating a world full of kindness and love.
- Not only do we need to speak about acceptance, we need to show our children through our actions. My book, “Love Grows Love” says it best, “Acceptance grows acceptance.”
- The conversations about race, religion, gender, and love... they should be discussed in age appropriate ways. But the main thing I will say is that we need to open our children’s eyes to the fact that ALL humans and ALL living creatures need and deserve respect, kindness, and love.
- One of the most important things that I will say is that when we teach our children that we love everyone and respect everyone, we open up the safe platform for our children to come and speak to us about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. And what more could you want than that?! For me, I want to know that my children feel comfortable talking to me about every feeling and emotion and every fear and concern. And that that relationship remains the same as they get older and grow into themselves.
- Accepting and friendly children become inclusive, kind, happy, and successful adults.
Fill your bookshelves with books that teach about GRATITUDE.
Why should we learn to be grateful from a young age?
- By teaching our children to look at their blessings and to focus on what they have, we are implementing lifelong skills that will help them get through even the most difficult times.
- When you focus on what you are grateful for, it’s hard to be sad or overwhelmed. Even when we have nothing, we have everything! If you are breathing... you are blessed.
- Gratitude is an attitude. Let us empower our children to find the good always and to see the glass half full.
- Empowered and grateful children become kind, happy, and successful adults.
The Be Books
The Be Books teach children to BE
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