No Thanks, but I'd Love to Dance: Choosing to Live Smoke Free by Jackie Reimer, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
No Thanks, but I'd Love to Dance: Choosing to Live Smoke Free

No Thanks, but I'd Love to Dance: Choosing to Live Smoke Free

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Conveying a positive, nonjudgmental message to children, this tale provides techniques for empowering them to refuse offers of tobacco in pursuit of a healthy, active lifestyle. Belle, an exuberant six-year-old, and her beloved Grandma Bee share a great love for dancing. As a result of tobacco use earlier in her life, Grandma Bee must now use an oxygen tank to

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Conveying a positive, nonjudgmental message to children, this tale provides techniques for empowering them to refuse offers of tobacco in pursuit of a healthy, active lifestyle. Belle, an exuberant six-year-old, and her beloved Grandma Bee share a great love for dancing. As a result of tobacco use earlier in her life, Grandma Bee must now use an oxygen tank to assist in her breathing. Observant Belle, who cannot imagine life without dancing, consciously makes the lifelong choice to dance instead of smoke.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
Six-year-old Annabelle has lots of friends. Her best friend is her Grandma Bee. She and Grandma Bee do cool things together, like dancing and playing video games. They spend nearly every day together. Then one day, while they are dancing, Grandma Bee says she needed to rest. Her doctor has told her she is not getting enough oxygen and needs to use an oxygen tank. She explains to Annabelle that oxygen keeps our heart beating, our brain thinking and our bodies moving. Grandma Bee says her lungs were damaged by smoking cigarettes when she was younger. She explains that she started smoking when she went to a dance and her date asked her if she'd like a cigarette. Grandma Bee thought the kids who were smoking looked cool, and she wanted to be cool, too. She tells Annabelle that it only took one cigarette to start smoking, and many years to quit. Annabelle looks at her grandmother's oxygen tank, then offers some sage advice: "You should have said, 'No thanks, but I'd love to dance!'" The author captures the essence of what a six-year-old can understand about smoking, and gives kids a ready-made response to offers of cigarettes. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604430271
Publisher:
American Cancer Society, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,109,531
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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No Thanks, but I'd Love to Dance

Choosing to Live Smoke Free


By Jackie Reimer

American Cancer Society

Copyright © 2010 American Cancer Society
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60443-155-1


CHAPTER 1

There once was a six-year-old girl named Annabelle. Everyone called her Belle.

Belle had a nice family and lots of friends, but her very best friend in the whole world was her Grandma Bee.

Belle and Grandma Bee did some very cool things together. They danced, which was Belle's favorite.

They played video games, which was Grandma Bee's favorite.

They even played office together. Belle would seal the letters and put stamps on Grandma Bee's mail that needed to go to the post office.

Grandma Bee lived near Belle's house, so they spent almost every day together.

They had awesome tea parties with Grandma Bee's dog, Molly.

They drank real tea, had real cookies, and they even had real dog biscuits for Molly — that was Molly's favorite.

They were super-duper friends of the very best kind.

One day when Grandma Bee and Belle were dancing, Grandma said, "Belle, I'm pooped. I have to sit down and rest."

Belle wondered why Grandma Bee was so tired.

Grandma Bee's doctor had told her that she was not getting enough oxygen from the air she breathed. He said she would need a tank filled with oxygen to help her breathe.

Grandma Bee explained to Belle that there is a gas in the air called oxygen. Our lungs take in oxygen when we breathe.

Oxygen gives our bodies what they need to turn food into energy, to keep our hearts beating, our brains thinking, and our bodies moving.


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Meet the Author

Jackie Reimer is a writer. She lives in San Diego, California.

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