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

When a girl feels hurt by her friend, all she can think to do is hurt her friend right back. Girls can be pretty mean to each other, and the wise old tree at this playground has seen this cycle of nastiness before. As a frustrated, upset young girl thinks about how she’ll get even ...
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Be Bigger

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Overview

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

When a girl feels hurt by her friend, all she can think to do is hurt her friend right back. Girls can be pretty mean to each other, and the wise old tree at this playground has seen this cycle of nastiness before. As a frustrated, upset young girl thinks about how she’ll get even with her friend, the wise tree speaks up to help the girl find a more kind, respectful way to work out her friendship troubles.

<i>“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.</i>


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 do the right thing in our friendships, 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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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review - Shirley Johnson
If you have not had the opportunity to share one of these outstanding 'Talking With Trees,'children's books, I truly encourage you to. Great illustrations, great lessons, all tied up in a wonderful story. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014453141
  • Publisher: LoveWell Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Series: Talking with Trees , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 905,837
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet 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 California with a houseful.
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