ThoughtFull: Discovering the Unique Gifts in Each of Us

ThoughtFull: Discovering the Unique Gifts in Each of Us

by Dorena Williamson
ThoughtFull: Discovering the Unique Gifts in Each of Us

ThoughtFull: Discovering the Unique Gifts in Each of Us

by Dorena Williamson


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This encouraging story shows how life changes when we learn to value those who are differently abled and to champion the power of thoughtfulness. 

Author Dorena Williamson explores the need to be "thoughtFULL"—full of thoughtfulness and awareness, particularly with those who have special needs. In this delightful story, it's awards day at school, and Ahanu (a boy with Down Syndrome) earns the award for being thoughtful. Later, when his friend Joshua sees others making fun of Ahanu, it's Joshua's turn to be thoughtful by supporting his differently abled friend. While doing so, Joshua learns important lessons about friendship, disabilities, and the value we each have as God's children.

Also available in this series: ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us. 

This B&H Kids book includes a Parent Connection, an easy tool to help moms and dads (or anyone else who loves kids) discuss the book's message with their child. We're all about connecting parents and kids to each other and to God's Word.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462794744
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

For more than twenty-two years, Dorena Williamson has served as a leader and pastor's wife in a diverse church, where she sees how God has uniquely created us with different abilities. Dorena is passionate about helping parents and children lean in to courageous conversations about how God made us all unique, and she hopes to use these connections to affirm the grace in our different gifts. She and her husband Dr. Chris have four children.

Robert Dunn is a Scottish illustrator specializing in editorial, children's, and picture book illustration. He works mixing traditional media with digital elements in his cluttered but cozy home studio in the wilds of South Lanarkshire. Robert has contributed to The Drawing Dreams Foundation in California and for over ten years has been a supporter of ACT (Aid for Children with Tracheostomies). Robert's first picture book, Spacewalkies, was published in 2015. There's Only One Scruffle followed in 2016.

Read an Excerpt


Good morning everyone! It's that time again," started Dr. Campo. "Time for ..." "HEART awards!" shouted the students.

Everyone began to chant together. "H is for Hardworking That means never quit. E is for Excellence. That means do your best. A is for Adventurous. That means try new things. R is for Respect. That means listen up. T is for Thoughtful. That means other first!"

"Great job!" said Dr. Campo. "I'm very proud of the young man who gets the Heart award today. Among his unique gifts, he always looks out for his friends and helps anyone he can. He is an example we can all look up to. "I am pleased to present the Thoughtful award to ... Ahanu Robinson!"

The second-grade class cheered with excitement, Ahanu was such a good friend to them all.

At the end of the day, it was time to board the buses. Ahanu was still excited about his award, and Joshua was sure to congratulate him.

But on the bus, Joshua heard some boys talking behind him. "His name is weird — 'Ahanu'?" "Yeah, he acts different too. Why did he get a stupid award anyway?" Joshua's heart sank. He didn't like hearing what the boys said about his friend.

Ahanu soon jumped off the bus at his house. "Look, look, Mama Siouxsan!" He pressed his Heart award into his grandma's hands. "Well, what is this, Ahanu?" she asked. "I got an award today. And they all clapped for me!" "Well, this is just wonderful," said Mama Siouxsan with smile. "I've got a snack ready. You can tell me all about it."

Joshua was quiet as he walked toward his front door. "How was your day, son! Ready to shoot some hoops?" asked his dad.

"We had the Heart awards today. Ahanu got the award for being thoughtful," replied Joshua.

"That's exciting!" said Dad. "But you don't look very happy about it. What's wrong?"

"I'm happy for Ahanu," said Joshua. "It's just, well, on the bus, some boys said some mean things about him."

"I'm sorry, son. That was wrong. How did it make you feel!" asked Dad.

"It made me really sad," said Joshua. "Ahanu is nice to everyone. Our whole class was really happy for him. Except those bullies."

"I'm glad you were one of the ones cheering for Ahanu," Dad said. "Billion's of people live in the world, and each one of us has value. If we only spend time around people who are like us, we miss out on discovering the unique things about people who are different from us. The truth is, we're all gifted by God's design. "Tell me, what unique gifts does Ahanu have?"


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