"So Much The Better" is a story about a small lion named Ari, who finds himself as a cub taken far away from the safety and security of his pride. He is lost, feeling alone and without hope until he encounters Eliezer, a golden eagle who befriends him. Together they begin the long journey back to his homeland with many challenges to overcome and unique friendships made along the way. Upon Ari's return to his beloved pride, the excitement wells up within his heart as he thought his quest had finally come to an end, but he realized now, it had only just begun.
Throughout the chapters of this book we witness how Ari grows in wisdom, courage, confidence, self-control, purpose, determination, patience, self-esteem, joy, forgiveness, love, unity, and much more. And, while he is growing and learning he begins to impact in a powerful way the lives of those who meet him.
"So Much The Better" is a chapter book written for elementary age children but the story also captures the hearts of all ages.
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About the Author
Megan Means has a passion for children's literacy and wants every child to have a love for books and reading. Megan desires to inspire children to become their best selves and to be leaders who make a positive difference in the lives of those around them. Megan's fondest memories are of the years when she home-schooled her children and the many adventures they had along the way. Today, she continues to write and would like to create a sequel to her story "So Much The Better".
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having read Megan Means’ first book, So Much the Better, has left me wanting more – this is a beautiful story filled with an allegorical story of being lost, going through the darkness and all that that entails, and then finding yourself in the light surrounded by love. While not a story of Salvation, this story does lend itself to resisting evil temptations from those things that seek to devour us and to destroy us and this is a great way to show children how if they stay on the right path, with Christ, they too can find the light and that all things do eventually work out for the best. This chapter book is short, just 80 pages, and after reading it myself I’d have to say I’d feel it was best for an older child who can look for the meanings behind the words, if I were to read this to my younger children I’d have to stop and do explaining as I read and I think then some of the story would be lost. That being said the book isn’t distinctly Christian – but as a Christian I read the book through that lens and was able to see what lessons my children would gain from this book used beside the Bible to instill character that God wants from us all. Megan has also created a character companion curricula to go along with the book, which is free on her website simply by signing up for it via your email – at this time I’m having trouble getting it to open on my Windows8 computer. If you’d like to learn more about the curricula visit her website – the curricula does include Scripture verses for memorization, which is a great way to tie in the Bible to the book and I appreciate that. The book could be used by any parent though, no matter their religious or non-religious preference, as I think we can all agree we want our children to grow up with strong character and be able to go out into the world and change it for the better – for me that includes making the Lord part of our lives. The chapters are short, two to three pages at the most – which is great for both a strong reader and for the struggling reader – and since it’s short it won’t feel like it’s taking forever to finish, it took me about 2 hours and that includes frequent stops to the calls of “mom”. As the story begins Ari is just a little lion cub still under the care of his mother and the lionesses when a storm comes blowing Ari into another area, far away, he meets friends along the way – an old badger, a colorful bird whose song is often stifled by the ‘bad’ birds, an eagle and others. Eventually, making it back to his pride, he finds his mother gone and the pride a pitiful pack of skinny, fearful lions whose land is being overtaken by the leopards, until Ari finds his courage and strength and seeks to make an alliance with the leopards. Filled with character through out the book including how much we all need relationships, children will enjoy the many animals that fill the book and while there are no illustrations even the youngest child should be able to make up pictures in their minds with the vivid details that Megan incorporates into the story. This will be a book I’ll be using in conjunction with the curricula during our upcoming school year and beyond with all three of my children. **I was provided a copy of this book from the author through Christian Women Affiliate Review Crew in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.
So much the Better by Megan Means is a quiet, quick read - just 80 little pages with one powerful message to share. This book details the life of Ari, a lion cub, separated from his mother, his lands, the very pride he was born into when the Dark Winds sweep down upon them. When he awakes, he's alone, scared, hungry and confused and far away from the rest of the pride. He is quickly befriended by numerous animals in his quest to find his way home - from a singing bird Shirarina, Eliezer the eagle, Gamzo the fox just to name a few. This book is not just about the journey to find home, it's about the journey within and relationships that form who we are along the way. While this book is not astounding, it's charming in it's own right. The author is wonderfully descriptive in her writing style and offers the reader a unique writing style, weaving a tale of courage and hope in a colorful, descriptive manner. Her characters in this book come to life. She scatters through-out the novel words of encouragement like putting aside differences and coming together to live peacefully as one. It does get repetitious at times, especially in the instances that Ari meets a new character. However, there is a refreshing scripture in the book from Ecclesiastes that states "He who keeps gladness in his heart remains strong" and that's the theme I took away from this book. I think this book is better suited for the middle, possibly high school age levels. There is a good message to learn and take away from it in that we should all learn to work together towards peace for all. I found it interesting that she was able to take situations that many teens could be going through in their daily life and wrap it into the characters of animals with the message still being strongly one of peace and harmony. I was given a copy of this book to review by the CWA Review Crew in exchange for an honest review of the book.
I was not sure what to expect with this book. I requested it because it looked like a good chapter book I could read with my youngest son. When the book arrived I was impressed to see the author has had wrote a thank you letter for taking my time to review her book. I thought that was very kind and seldom done. The book is only 80 pages long, which is a great length for children to stay engaged without feeling overwhelmed at the size of the book they are trying to tackle. My son and I both adored the cover. We like to play a game when we get a book and see if we can tell what the story will be about based souly on the cover and what we find. The first thing I noticed was that it was nicely illustrated with bold, bright colors that captured his attention as he looked it over and pointed out things he saw in the cover in an attempt to tell me the story the book held within. From the cover alone he guess the book was about a lion lost in the jungle looking for his friends and family. One thing I would like to point out about this book is the font size. I see alot of children's chapter books that use this horrible tiny font that makes it difficult for kids to make out the letters and words. Megan used a nice size font that my son could easily put his finger under the sentence to follow along without covering up the words he was tying to read.! For those with little kids who have to use their finger to read still, you understand the importance of this one. The author also created a website with a free Curriculum Companion of 21 lessons on character building that you can access when you sign up for her newsletter at MeganMean’sAuthor. Now onto the book! This was a lovely story about bravery, friendship, and humility. It is wrote to teach your kids to grow emotionally, spiritual and learn how to be effective and strong leaders. The only thing I disliked about the book, that my 7 year old also picked up on, was there is no resolution to the disappearance of Ari's mother. I loved the use of the proverbs thorough out the book from Eliezar's wise instruction to Ari's just when he needs them the most. A few examples with the referenced proverbs are: "A soft answer turns away anger." Proverbs 15:1 "Consider well the path of your feet." Proverbs 4:26 "He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself from trouble." Proverbs 21:23 I loved this book. Its filled with simple truths that are explained in ways that young children can easily grasp. I enjoyed how Megan worked in alot of scripture to support growing as a leader. I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew
About the Book: "So Much The Better" is a chapter book for upper elementary but has also touched the hearts of all ages. The feedback the author received on her book, inspired her to get this message out to the world. So, she took the challenge and created a website and social media links to help get the book's message out to the world on-line. She also created a Curriculum Companion to the book which is offered for free on her website. It includes 21 lessons on character building that are taken directly from the book to help children become their best selves and inspire them to be great leaders. The story is about a small lion named Ari. As a small cub, Ari's life is secure and safe. He plays and rests in the warm sunshine wit h his pride. One day this peaceful existence changes abruptly. Ari is taken far away from the other lions finding he is alone in unfamiliar surroundings. Ari is lost and without hope until he encounters help from Eliezer, a golden eagle who befriends him. Together they begin the long journey back to his homeland with many challenges to overcome. Upon his return Ari thought his quest had come to an end, but he realizes now, it has only just begun. About the Author: Megan Means has a passion for children's literacy and wants every child to have a love for books and reading. Megan desires to inspire children to become their best selves and to be leaders who make a positive difference in the lives of those around them. Megan's fondest memories are of the years when she home-schooled her children and the many adventures they had along the way. Today, she continues to write and would like to create a sequel to her story "So Much The Better". My Review: Ari never knew anything more than the protection of his family and closeness of their life together. His mother was right next him and she soothed him with stories of their ancestors. To his mother, Zahava keeping her cubs safe was priority number one. The day that the "black cloud" came to their world was a day I'm neither will forget. Ari was forever removed from his peaceful surroundings and lurched forward into a life that was unfamiliar and typically unsafe, besides that it was downright scary to the little lion cub. On Ari's arduous task of getting back to the life he knew, he had many fears to overcome. Not to mention challenges and situations that if dealt with the wrong attitude just would not go well for him. The author has wrote a great read perfect for upper elementary school aged children. There are many Biblical type themes running through the plot lined that I really enjoyed seeing. I think it is great that author have included things like this in their writing. While it is a fairly short read, I'm sure it will be a winner among the animal lovers in your home. The story is a timeless one about overcoming our fears through faith. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.