Ripple's Effect

Ripple's Effect

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by Shawn Achor, Amy Blankson, Cecilia Rebora
     
 

The new dolphin at the aquarium, Ripple, is surprised that no one will play with her. No one plays or has any fun at all, because of Snark and his shiver of sharks. At first, Ripple is intimidated by their bullying, but her trainer reminds her that happiness is a choice, and that we can each make the world a better place because of who we choose to be. Choosing to

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The new dolphin at the aquarium, Ripple, is surprised that no one will play with her. No one plays or has any fun at all, because of Snark and his shiver of sharks. At first, Ripple is intimidated by their bullying, but her trainer reminds her that happiness is a choice, and that we can each make the world a better place because of who we choose to be. Choosing to have fun, Ripple challenges Snark to a staring competition—if she can make Snark smile, Ripple wins and everyone gets to play. If not, Snark’s no-fun rules will rule. Will Ripple’s smile be enough to save the day? What effect does YOUR smile have? The author of the national bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor spent over a decade at Harvard University studying happiness. While he’s been widely published, his research findings have never before been shared with children. Inspired to do just that, Shawn partnered with his sister, Amy Blankson, to get this valuable information into children’s minds early, so the next generation can understand—and harness—the power of positive psychology.

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From the Publisher
Ripple’s Effect teaches kids that it’s never too soon to learn about the power of a smile, and that facing fear with friendliness could turn a bully into a buddy. —Cristina Kessler, author of The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela

Ripple’s Effect is a sweet and inventive take on thwarting a bully. Ripple’s good nature and quick wits make this a fun and helpful read for anyone who’s had to deal with a “Snark”.
—Nancy Coffelt, author/illustrator of Aunt Ant Leaves Through the Leaves

PBS Parents: Raising a Positive Child in a Negative World: “Teaching young children to use the power of positive thinking shows them that they have more control over their environment than they realize. It is this vision that prompted Shawn and I to co-author a book for children entitled Ripple’s Effect. Based on the principles of positive psychology, we crafted the story of a dolphin named Ripple who stands up to a bully shark named Snark.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982993873
Publisher:
Little Pickle Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
603,678
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Read an Excerpt

"'You see Ripple?' her trainer asked. 'Dolphins were made to play and laugh and smile. It's part of who you are— but happiness is also a choice. Things may not always go our way, but we can choose how we see our world and make it a better place because of who we choose to be. Now let's go have some more fun.'"

Meet the Author

Author Bios:

Shawn Achor spent over a decade at Harvard University studying the principles of happiness before penning the international 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.

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.

Illustrator Bio: 

Cecilia Rebora belongs to a creative family of painters. She was raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she still lives. Shortly after beginning her studies in the arts, Cecilia discovered that what she enjoyed most in life was telling stories with pictures. She studied for three years at the Josep Sierra | Abella School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, and it was there that she truly fell in love with the profession. She has since published around thirty children's books worldwide.

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Ripple's Effect 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Ripple's Effect is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
LaurieJean More than 1 year ago
Kids will love this book, especially if they have been to an aquarium. It is a fun story with colorful illustrations, and the messages are very positive. Kids will see that there is an alternative to cowering to bullies and that laughter and happiness are powerful and infectious.
PositiveMama More than 1 year ago
I love that this book teaches concepts based on science, but makes the ideas fun and accessible for kids of all ages!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book about how to deal with bullies. Ripple is the new dolphin in the tank and is told she is not "allowed" to be happy by the grumpy shark. Ripple has to learn how to be herself and that her attitude is her choice. She also learns how her happy attitude effects the rest of the fish in the tank. Great jump off to discuss with younger kids how to handle bullies.
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Ali is happy
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Could be better ilustrated but storyline is great
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