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Co-authors Judi Marchand and Nancy Sosa met in Kennebunkport, Maine through President George H.W. Bush and became fast friends. They wrote this book to inspire children to be like him and always lead with love.


Illustrator Erika Williams Speirs met Nancy Sosa while collaborating on a Maine garden project in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Erika, who is dedicated to spreading kindness through words, art and actions, was thrilled to contribute illustrations for this book.

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Poppy!
A Tale of Leading with Love
by Judi Marchand and Nancy Sosa

Overview



Poppy, a kind and gentle dog who loves riding his scooter Fidelity and wearing colorful socks, learns his greatest joy comes from helping others.


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Description


This book was inspired by real-life stories of President George H.W. Bush. Standing up for a bullied classmate, shaving his head in solidarity with a child receiving chemotherapy, sharing so much that he once had the nickname ‘Have Half’ and writing thoughtful notes to friends when they needed it most are just a few of the many kindnesses shown by President Bush and demonstrated by Poppy, the book’s lovable, main character. Against a background of beautiful Kennebunkport, Maine scenes, Poppy exemplifies President Bush’s belief that “Any definition of a successful life must include service to others.”

The book contains a bonus page called ‘Hidden Treats and Barking Points’. Hidden Treats offers the reader a fun opportunity to search for specific items while enjoying the story. Barking Points are useful conversation starters meant to encourage a deeper dive into some of the topics addressed in the book.

The authors are donating their proceeds to the George and Barbara Bush Foundation which “aims to serve the legacies of President and Mrs. Bush primarily by supporting and promoting education and service oriented programs.” Please go to georgeandbarbarabush.org for more information. 

The world could use more people like President Bush and Poppy!

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Overview



Poppy, a kind and gentle dog who loves riding his scooter Fidelity and wearing colorful socks, learns his greatest joy comes from helping others.


Read more

Description


This book was inspired by real-life stories of President George H.W. Bush. Standing up for a bullied classmate, shaving his head in solidarity with a child receiving chemotherapy, sharing so much that he once had the nickname ‘Have Half’ and writing thoughtful notes to friends when they needed it most are just a few of the many kindnesses shown by President Bush and demonstrated by Poppy, the book’s lovable, main character. Against a background of beautiful Kennebunkport, Maine scenes, Poppy exemplifies President Bush’s belief that “Any definition of a successful life must include service to others.”

The book contains a bonus page called ‘Hidden Treats and Barking Points’. Hidden Treats offers the reader a fun opportunity to search for specific items while enjoying the story. Barking Points are useful conversation starters meant to encourage a deeper dive into some of the topics addressed in the book.

The authors are donating their proceeds to the George and Barbara Bush Foundation which “aims to serve the legacies of President and Mrs. Bush primarily by supporting and promoting education and service oriented programs.” Please go to georgeandbarbarabush.org for more information. 

The world could use more people like President Bush and Poppy!

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Book details

Genre:EDUCATION

Subgenre:Parent Participation

Language:English

Pages:34

Hardcover ISBN:9781098384029


Overview



Poppy, a kind and gentle dog who loves riding his scooter Fidelity and wearing colorful socks, learns his greatest joy comes from helping others.


Read more

Description


This book was inspired by real-life stories of President George H.W. Bush. Standing up for a bullied classmate, shaving his head in solidarity with a child receiving chemotherapy, sharing so much that he once had the nickname ‘Have Half’ and writing thoughtful notes to friends when they needed it most are just a few of the many kindnesses shown by President Bush and demonstrated by Poppy, the book’s lovable, main character. Against a background of beautiful Kennebunkport, Maine scenes, Poppy exemplifies President Bush’s belief that “Any definition of a successful life must include service to others.”

The book contains a bonus page called ‘Hidden Treats and Barking Points’. Hidden Treats offers the reader a fun opportunity to search for specific items while enjoying the story. Barking Points are useful conversation starters meant to encourage a deeper dive into some of the topics addressed in the book.

The authors are donating their proceeds to the George and Barbara Bush Foundation which “aims to serve the legacies of President and Mrs. Bush primarily by supporting and promoting education and service oriented programs.” Please go to georgeandbarbarabush.org for more information. 

The world could use more people like President Bush and Poppy!

Read more

About the author


Co-authors Judi Marchand and Nancy Sosa met in Kennebunkport, Maine through President George H.W. Bush and became fast friends. They wrote this book to inspire children to be like him and always lead with love.


Illustrator Erika Williams Speirs met Nancy Sosa while collaborating on a Maine garden project in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Erika, who is dedicated to spreading kindness through words, art and actions, was thrilled to contribute illustrations for this book.

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