The second title in the Shine Bright Kids series, Must-Have Marvin!, teaches children that people are more important than things. Marvin loves new things -- he especially loves finding the latest, greatest, most awesome new things! Soon Marvin finds himself focusing on a new toy that he wants, to the exclusion of his friends. He lets them down when they need his help and nearly loses their friendship. Through a chat with a wise neighbor and a second chance to help, Marvin learns the important life lesson that people are more important than things. Ages 4-8. About Shine Bright Kids: Choose Right. Shine Bright. The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a framework to teach the importance of making good choices. The principles that will be explored include: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.
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Marvin was sooooo excited! He had a brand-new dinosaur t-shirt and he couldn't wait to show it to all his friends at school. Marvin was one young man who LOVED new things! Anything new was exciting and fun. He also LOVED showing his new stuff to his friends. What could be better than getting new things? Marvin was about to find out... When Marvin arrived at school, he was surprised to see that Oscar had the exact same dinosaur shirt! To make matters worse, Oscar had the very cool glow-in-the-dark matching shoes. How awesome was that? Marvin knew instantly that he had to have the matching shoes. A little while later, Marvin sat on a bench thinking about those shoes while the other kids planted the school vegetable garden. He had no time for his friends when there were neat, new shoes to think about. When Marvin saw somebody with a Super Galactic Robot at recess, well, you can imagine what he thought. He HAD to have one! He thought about that robot during science class, soccer practice, and he even skipped playing with his brother so he could count up his savings to see if he had enough money to buy that robot. Would Marvin ever get his robot? More importantly, would he ever realize just how much he was missing out on by obsessing on new “things”? Must-Have Marvin is the perfect story to teach little ones the importance of friends over things. Marvin learns a very important lesson when he comes to realize just how much his fixation on getting the newest, and best, of everything impacts his friends. He also learns how much he is missing by placing material goods above his friends. The story is fun and cheerful, with a happy ending, that helps children grasp the importance of friends. The illustrations are bright and children will delight at finding, and following, a little yellow star that appears repeatedly throughout the story and perfectly reflects the decisions Marvin makes by how it looks. In addition, there is a note from the author to parents, with a link to the publisher’s website for additional resources. Quill says: Not just a fun story, Must-Have Marvin! will teach a valuable lesson to your child about the importance of friendships over the acquisition of material objects.
Christy Ziglar has launched a terrific program for kids to help with issues they face. I previously reviewed Can't Wait Willow written by Christy Ziglar as part of the Star Bright Kids Program (and website). Now we're reviewing the freshly launched Must Have Marvin. Marvin is a smart, cute, sweet boy that seems to have his priorities a bit skewed. If he sees it and likes it, he wants it. He must have it. He is "Must Have Marvin." Regardless of his friends and what they need of him. Help with a project. Help for his brother practicing his catching game. Marvin simply must pursue what he wants and when he wants it. And then he begins to learn the lesson of wanting what he doesn't need and of friendship and caring for others. The book is beautifully illustrated with expressions that capture the moment and actions that run the gamut. It is colorful and a delight to simply look at, and it will capture children's attention wonderfully reinforcing the text. I can recommend Must Have Marvin as a teachable moments book that will delight. The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a framework to teach the importance of making good choices. The principles that will be explored include: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance. "Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.