Getting Real With +Shadra Bruce, Owner of +MomsGetReal

A great new children’s book has been published that (especially in these post-election days) may need to be read by all the grownups in the world, too: Ripple’s Effect by Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson. This Mom’s Choice Award Winner is a fabulous story about Ripple the dolphin, who is struggling to deal with a gang of scary sharks.

Ripple is the new dolphin in a tank of sea creatures, all of whom have been bullied by Snark the Shark. Ripple was scared of Snark, too…until she realized that she could swallow her fear with a smile.

The smile, she learned, is mightier than the scowl.

The book is a great way to introduce the concept of bullying to a younger audience without having to get too serious or too scary. It’s brilliantly written, beautifully illustrated, and targeted at kids ages 4-8. Like I said, in this post-election era of needing to learn to get along, I think every member of Congress should read it, too.

Published by Little Pickle Press, Ripple’s Effect is an environmentally wise choice as well. All LPP books are written on recycled paper with soy ink and every title is available digitally as well. There are lesson plans available for teachers and homeschooling parents to accompany the book.

In addition to winning the Mom’s Choice Award, the co-author of Ripple’s Effect, Amy Blankson (mother of three) was named a Point of Light by both President Bush and President Clinton. (Bi-partisanship at its best).

The details:

Title: Ripple’s Effect

Written by Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson Illustrated by Cecilia Rebora

Hardcover $18.95 ISBN-10: 0-9829938-7-0 ISBN-13:978-0-9829938-7-3

Pages: 36

Publication Date: November 1, 2012

For Children Ages 4-8

About the authors:

Shawn Achor spent over a decade at Harvard University studying the principles of happiness before penning the national bestseller, The Happiness Advantage. He is also the founder of Good Think. To teach his happiness principles to younger readers, he collaborated with his sister, Amy Blankson, to write Ripple’s Effect. Watch his wildly popular TED talk and PBS special.

Amy Blankson is a positive leadership consultant and among her many achievements, has been named a Point of Light by Presidents Bush and Clinton. As a mother of three, she hopes Ripple’s Effect will inspire young people to make a positive difference in their world.

Cecilia Rebora belongs to a creative family of artists and lives in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has published more than thirty children’s books worldwide. When not illustrating, she enjoys sipping a hot cappuccino and taking in the sun on a chilly morning. She also loves spending time with her two small children.

All Little Pickle Press titles are available as enhanced ebooks and some are also available as interactive apps.

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19 thoughts on “The Smile Is Mightier than the Scowl

  1. This is such a great story for everyone to read. It’s an easy introduction for youngsters to the topic of bullying. The illustrations are fantastic as well, and really amplify the lessons in the writing.

  2. Shadra, thank you so much for your blog review. I love how you connected that Ripple’s Effect is not just a book for young people, but for adults too. Learning to collaborate and work with others (particularly those who exude negativity) is definitely an art, but something that we all need to practice. I think sometimes kids can teach us grownups a thing or two about how to get along!

    1. Amy, thank you so much for co-authoring such a great book with such an important message. It is a fun book to read, and truly has an impact – I catch myself smiling more and thinking of Ripple when I do!

  3. You are so right! Would we get more accomplished in Congress if representatives were required to smile more often? To play nice together? It’s part of civility to my way of thinking.

  4. “A smile is mightier than a scowl”…I love that! Thank you for this great review, and for hosting Ripple’s Effect. I love that you highlighted the environmental consciousness of LPP books too! It truly sets them apart.

    1. Cameron,

      I was very pleased to learn about Little Pickle Press and their dedication to environmental responsibility. I will be recommending more of their books because of it!

  5. Great post Shadra! I definitely cracked a smile when I read your suggestion that every member of Congress should read Ripple’s Effect. Hopefully introducing the messages of the story to our little people now will lead to a Congress that gets along swimmingly in the next generation 😉

  6. Yes with the election over, I do think our national leaders could learn a great deal from Ripple and how she calmed the waters and created an enviornment that enabled all members of her community a peaceful and happy co-existence. Thank you Little Pickle Press for publishing such a timely and meaningful book.

    1. Dianne,

      I think we all need a dose of Ripple in our’s too easy to become overwhelmed with the demands of life. Hopefully, people will read this book and start recognizing their inner scowls and turn them into smiles!

  7. Great blog post. I also like the message that smiles are contagious and it only takes one person to change an fearful environment. What a wonderful way to tell children they have power in their own lives.

    1. Jodi,

      It makes me really happy to see this kind of creativity out there for parents and teachers to be able to broach the subject of bullying with younger children. Maybe we can help eradicate it through teaching kids to smile more and scowl less!

  8. What a great review! I think that the fact that Little Pickle Press has a strong commitment to the environment is one of the most amazing aspects of the company. The books are such high quality, it’s good to know that they were produced in an environmentally conscious manner. So cool to have a company that actually works to be the change that is so needed in the world today.

    1. Khadija,

      Thank you so much! It made me so happy to discover that Little Pickle Press is so environmentally conscious. I will look for their books for my kids because of their choice to publish wisely.

  9. Thanks for sharing this book with moms…we need all the tools we can get to help our kids be the positive, wonderful people we want them to be! With all the craziness in the world, having this book as a resource is a great way to encourage positive and kind behavior. My book is in the mail!

    1. Alexis, you will love this book. I was so impressed with the authors’ approach to the subject that made it suitable for young audiences and a must-read for older ones!

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