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Multiple award-winning series, which promotes Christian values in children, Melissa tries to win friends by bragging. She learns the sea kids love her for who she is and not what she has. Tears of sadness turn into tears of joy at her suprise birthday party. She says a prayer of thanks to Jesus. Children learn compassion, concern, and love for others, building a strong foundation in Christ!
- Mom's Choice
- Reader's Favorite Illustration
- Reader's Favorite Finalist
- International Book Award Finalist
Vendor: GLM Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.87 X 10.84 X 0.07 (inches)
Series: Adventures of the Sea Kids
There are many reasons that kids choose to brag but one doesn't always understand why. In Lee Ann Mancini's moralistic picture book, What a Bragger!, young readers are introduced to a character, Melissa Blowfish, who brags in order to cover up that she is poor.
In a playground setting, at Beneath the Sea Play Park, Melissa is playing with the "sea kids" in the sandbox. She is bragging about the abundance of toys she has and her amazing physical abilities such as being able to blow the biggest air bubble. All of the bragging makes her fish friend Corey feel angry. When Corey shares his playground woes with his parents, his mother asks him, "Why do you think she said those things?" With this simple question, Corey is gently steered onto the path of guided discovery and soon finds that a kind and supportive friend may be all that Melissa needs. After all, friendships are more important than material objects.
Lee Ann Mancini delivers a relatable playground story and communicates clear and important lessons on empathy, gratitude and the importance of friendship. Readers are also reminded to say their prayers and keep Jesus in their hearts. The Ichthys symbol, also known as the Jesus fish, can be found hidden on each page, which provides an additional element of eye-spy fun and will keep kids pouring over the bright and vibrantly cheery digital illustrations.
This book is a good choice for kids in a preschool or elementary school setting.
The Children's Book Review
CA5 Stars Out Of 5What a Braggert!October 19, 2017CAQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Here is a Sea Kid that just has everything! So much to learn from as a child and or adult. Love it all. Pictures are beautiful. xoox CA
Carrie5 Stars Out Of 5Be kind to the unlovableJuly 1, 2016CarrieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the second book in the series, but I have 3 of the books and this may be my favorite. They are all great books. This one tells about Melissa who likes to brag about all the things she has. She is annoying to all the other kids, but they soon find out things are not as they seem. This is a great book to open up discussion about how we need to be kind even to those who may not be so loveable. I have 2 boys, ages 8 and 6, and this has been a valuable lesson to them. We enjoy reading this book together.
I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5fantasticJune 11, 2016ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a well done book. I love this series of books and this one is wonderful also. Melissa is a bragger. She brags about everything that she has. Though one day it is found out that she doesn't have what she says she has. Her friends get together to help her and she learns a good lesson and her friends do also. I received this from bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion. Keep these stories coming.
KBolt5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring!June 7, 2016KBoltQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This whole series of books is amazing! I love seeing Bible verses, pray, and Christian values in children's books. Lee Ann has written these very well and understandable for younger children. The colorful and friendly illustrations make them a delight!
debrajane3Bismarck, NDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5How to be a good friendMay 14, 2016debrajane3Bismarck, NDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0My daycare children loved the colorful pictures in this book and the picture searches. The message on how to be a good friend, even when someone isn't being a good friend, is very good.
Melissa the blowfish was always boldly bragging about what she could do and what she had, when she really had hardly anything.
Corey, one of the little fish, talked the problem over with his family. They decided Melissa maybe didn't know how to be a good friend.
Corey's class decided to surprise Melissa with a wonderful birthday gift. After this, she felt loved and accepted.
I received this book for free from The Book Club Network and the author in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Lee Ann Mancini
Located in: Boca Raton, Florida
Submitted: December 09, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a wife and mother, who loves to read and teach God's word. I am an adjunct Professor at South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary.
What was your motivation behind this project? It was the Lord! I wrote these stories when my children were little. There were many Bible stories but not many that helped to build a strong foundation in Christ.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? These books are great tools for parents and teacher to help foster a strong, foundation in Christ for the little ones. It is paramount that children learn to trust Christ early in age and to have love and compassion for others.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? When I first read to the children at the schools, I ask them who do they pray to everyday. They always say God. However, after our reading they always include Jesus when I ask them again. These books open their minds to Christ and help to foster love for others who are different.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? There are many. I enjoy Max Lucado, Philip Yancey, John Piper, C.S. Lewis, but one of the best, who will is now getting published is Dr. Warren Gage!
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: My mission is two fold: First, to help build a strong, foundational relationship with Jesus for the little ones. Second, to donate profits to Christian children charities. I pray for our children for they are the future Christians of the world!
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