Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Zippy's Club

When you have a child with special needs, your child will be made fun of at some point in their life. It is a fact. It will happen. It has happened to my child. I have heard and seen some children make mean comments, play chase with Jaycee (the game was to run from Jaycee), push her away, and change seats because Jaycee sat down by them. Jaycee hardly recognizes this mean behavior, but I do. It cuts to the core of a mom to see her child treated badly just because she is different. How are you suppose to handle these situations to bring about change?

Enter....Zippy's Club by Candida Sullivan. Zippy is the feature of this book. Zippy is a zebra with no stripes. As you can imagine, being a zebra with no stripes hasn't gone unnoticed by the other animals in Grassy Plains. Zippy has an idea to change the world to form a club in order to stop bullying with kindness. He has a great turn out for his initial club meeting. However, the other animals would rather play and eat cake instead of doing the things that need to be done in order to bring about change. Zippy gets discouraged. He later finds himself face to face with bullies. They push their bullying too far. The bullies and the other animals learn just how serious bullying can be. In the end, they all pledge become part of Zippy's Club and take the opportunity to change lives.

The book contains rules for Zippy's Club, the club pledge, and a section on "How to Talk to Kids about Bullying" by Dr. Rick Metrick. These are great talking points for parents, teachers, counselors, and ministers.

The author, Candida, was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome. She writes with a passion and understanding, as someone who has overcame her own obstacles and feelings of being different. Zippy's Club is the latest in the successful and endorsed Zippy series. Candida's message promotes kindness and lifting others up instead of knocking them down. She knows she was born for a special purposed life and wants to share the hope and love of God to others.

This book addresses the hard choice you have to make when responding to a bully. Do you do the Biblical thing of showing love and kindness? Or do you respond with anger and more evil? How do you inspire children with special needs that may look different to feel confident about themselves when others are trying to bring them down? This book will spark conversations between children and adults and students and teachers.

If you have a child who is being bullied or looks differently, then you would benefit from this book. The book is a great conversation starter between adults and children and will hopefully change perspectives.

Here's some great news for you!!!!

How would you like to win a free copy of Zippy's Club??
One of you wonderful readers will have a chance to win. Just email your name & "Zippy's Club" in the subject line to:   Entries will be accepted until Sat. July 19, 2014.  On July 20th, a winner will be selected at random. If you are the winner, I will email you to ask for your mailing address in order for you to receive your free, autographed book. This book will make a great addition to your personal library, school, daycare, or Sunday School class! You must live in the United States of America or Canada to be eligible to enter.

Good luck! Enter today & let your friends know about this contest as well!

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