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I'd Choose You

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by John Trent

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Have you ever been the last one picked for a team?

Everyone knows what it’s like to have a bad day. And when Norbert comes home from school, he has had a really bad day. As he and his mother talk through the day's mishaps, she gently imparts The Blessing on him through spoken word, meaningful touch, attachment of high value, portraying


Have you ever been the last one picked for a team?

Everyone knows what it’s like to have a bad day. And when Norbert comes home from school, he has had a really bad day. As he and his mother talk through the day's mishaps, she gently imparts The Blessing on him through spoken word, meaningful touch, attachment of high value, portraying a special future, and genuine commitment.

By the end of the book, Norbert knows he is loved, and that even if he wasn’t the first pick for the team, he will always be chosen by his parents . . . and by God.

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Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
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8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
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3 - 7 Years

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I'd Choose You!

By John Trent

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 John Trent, PhD
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4003-1732-5

Chapter One

Norbert the Little Elephant had a very sad look on his face as he slowly walked up the steps to his house.

This had been the worst day of his whole life.

"Mom, nothing's gone right since I left for school this morning," groaned Norbert.

"Did you miss the roller coaster ride to school again?" his mother asked.

"Well, I got to the coaster stop just in time, but everyone else already had someone to sit with. So I had to sit all by myself."

"And then at lunch, all the fifth graders decided they wanted to sit at the table by the window. And that meant the only place left to sit was with Heidi the Hippo!"

"But Heidi's a nice girl," Norbert's mother said.

"Yes, Mom, but she thinks she's my girlfriend! She was walking over to sit by me, and she tripped and fell in my mashed potatoes! Right in front of the fifth graders!"

"Then after school, I went out to play ball, and when they picked teams, there was one kid too many."

"You," said his mother, quietly.

"Yes, me. Nobody likes me. Nobody wants to pick me."

As he spoke, a big, big tear rolled down his trunk.

"Norbert," his mother said, in her softest, warmest voice, "if I could use my arms to hug only one child, guess which one I'd choose."

"That's easy," said Little Elephant. "You'd choose Puffy Panda. He's so-o-o-o soft, everyone likes to hug him. And since Puffy is so-o-o-o big, everybody can hug him ... all at the same time!"


Excerpted from I'd Choose You! by John Trent Copyright © 2011 by John Trent, PhD. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

John Trent, PhD, is president of StrongFamilies.com. He has written or co-authored more than a dozen award-winning and best-selling books, including five books for children and Dad’s Everything Book for Daughters. John and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Kari and Laura, and live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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I'd Choose You 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could, I would rate this book with zero stars.
Jenny_Rose More than 1 year ago
I'd Choose You by John Trent is an illustrated story that can both show parents how to encourage their children as well as remind children that everyone can have their bad days-even when you get to ride a roller coaster to school. Nothing is going right for Norbert the elephant from sitting by himself on the ride to school to Heidi the hippo falling in his mashed potatoes and being left out of the ball game. After school, his mother informs him that even though he thinks there are lots of kids at his school that are better than he is, she would choose him out of them all. This is a fun story with lively illustrations that can be a useful tool for parents as well as an entertaining book for kids. We all need reminders from time to time on how to encourage our kids (and each other) in different ways. I wish Trent had come up with a different ending, however. Ending the book with Heidi the hippo waiting outside I think was a little inappropriate for the overall tone of the book. I would still recommend this book. I received this book free from the publisher in order to read and give an honest review.
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
Norbert is having an especially rough day. "It's the worst day of my life," he said. He had to sit by himself on the way to school, sit with Heidi the Hippo at lunch, (she thinks she is Norbert's girlfriend), and does not get to play baseball with his friends. Norbert is definitely having a bad day. Mom tries to comfort a tearful Norbert but he thinks one of his friends is more deserving of a hug, another of Mom's cheers and a third is actually someone special while a forth has the exciting future. Mom is trying to comfort Norbert with what the author calls the "5 Blessings." Norbert's mom tries to give those to Norbert through her hugs, cheers, a "you're special" medal, help for a wonderful future and help understanding that he is special in God's eyes - always. This is a cute way for children and parents to connect and value each other as they read the story. All of us, at some point, shrug off the affirmations we receive just as Norbert does in I'd Choose You. Mr. Trent uses five blessings from the Old Testament in this tale to show how God loves us just the way we are. He explains all of this in the first pages of his book. The illustrations are colorful renditions of wild animals that are cute and help move the story. Children will be delighted when they see Heidi the Hippo who believes she is Norbert's girlfriend (Norbert denies this), or Puffy the Panda in his suspenders and blue jeans, Ralph the Rhino as he dives into the pool or Florence the Flamingo twirling on the ice, and Norbert, the star, who doesn't think he deserves what is mother offers him. This is a fun, reader-to-me book, that will help parents and children connect each time they read I'd Choose You together. Note: received from Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher
Lindsey Tolentino More than 1 year ago
this is the best book ever!! it was my favorite book growing up and now i get to share it with my kids! im so excited to see it on here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book - have had mine for years - I read with a first grade girl and it has become her favorite also. This is a great book about how special each child is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so precious...even in the realm of college life when it seems like we're just not feeling up to par. God chose us! How cool is that?