Whatever Wanda Book Review + Giveaway

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Whatever Wanda Book Review

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Whatever Wanda! (Shine Bright Series)

Author: Christy Ziglar  Illustrator: Paige Billin-Frye

Recommended for Ages: 4 to 8

How often do we go into a situation thinking “Oh, this is going to be a waste of my time.” or “No good can come from this.”. I am guilty! When I feel that way I will often times leave the event or situation saying to myself “It was not that bad.” or actually enjoying myself.

Throughout this thirty-two page hardcover book, Whatever Wanda!, Wanda repeatedly says “Whatever”. She is unenthused about her family’s participation in a community event and does not have a problem letting everyone know that she would rather not have any part of the festivities. By the end of the book, someone is able to convince Wanda to think positively about it all–to try and have some fun with her family and friends. Wanda agrees to finally have some fun and learns that she could have enjoyed the event all along.

My girls enjoyed saying “whatever” as I read the book and grinned each time it was said because they know it is not the way to respond to adults or situations. Although toddlers, I often remind them to “fix your face” whenever they display a lack of desire to do something. When I say that, I simply want them to smile or to hide their dissatisfaction. Kids (and adults) can be told that they have stinky attitudes and should know how to get rid of them.

Check out this video of their thoughts on Whatever Wanda! and attitude adjustments:

What I Like About the Book: Provides a great way to reinforce the idea of positive thinking to your children; an alternative to fussing at a child to change their behavior/attitude.

What Makes This Book Unique: The main character, Wanda, unknowingly has a companion throughout the book–a star. The author and illustrator have made the star to reflect Wanda’s current emotion. It is encouraged to, while you are reading) have your child first find the star on each page and then tell you what emotion the star is exhibiting.

Whatever Wanda! is a reminder to make the best of situations by going into them with a positive outlook. Enjoyment is experienced when we decide to be positive.  It is all about the way we think. Do not miss out on life by walking around with a negative mindset. Expect to have some fun!

Whatever Wanda Book Review

Learn more about Whatever Wanda! and discover free activities and resources at ShineBrightKids.com.

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  • Kara Dame

    Love the positive thinking!! This would be a cute Easter gift with a rubber bath duck and some peeps, lol!

  • mommywifelife1

    Cute idea Kara! Thanks for stopping by :)!

  • nanjhnyc

    Positive thinking is always a good thing!

  • mommywifelife1

    It sure makes life easier!

  • Shekea

    I’m pretty balanced, but am attempting to be more intentional about the way I think/what I am thinking about, as I fully believe it changes things! I encourage my daughter to remember to rejoice in each day.

  • mommywifelife1

    Good for you! I absolutely agree, Shekea. For the past couple of years we have focused on SPEAKING positively–despite what things look like. Doing so has absolutely brought peace to our lives.

  • Michelle Faile

    I am certainly a pessimist! I wish I wasn’t.

  • mommywifelife1

    Sometimes it takes a little rewiring of the mind. I have had to train myself to think positively. It is absolutely possible. Blessings!

  • Donna Farrer

    I have heard some good things about this book, I might learn something from it. There are so many books out there that push good messages and teachings to kids. We are into The Horse Valley Adventure series, they all have a great message, lmabooks.com is her site. I recommend!