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Book details
  • Genre:JUVENILE FICTION
  • SubGenre:Social Issues / Peer Pressure
  • Language:English
  • Pages:20
  • eBook ISBN:9781937615086

Shelby the Cat

A kids book about bullying and how to help kids build confidence about peer pressure

by Don M. Winn

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Overview
Shelby the Cat is not a typical cat. He is kind and caring and looks out for all those who are smaller than he is. He loves to read and tell stories. He makes friends with mice and birds and bugs. This makes the alley cats in the street angry and jealous because Shelby is making them look bad. They try to force Shelby to be like them, but he refuses. Shelby knows who he is and what he wants to be and doesn’t let anyone pressure him to be different. One thing that helps Shelby is that he decides ahead of time how he will act when faced with peer pressure. This story is about resisting negative peer pressure and can help to start discussions about how to handle the problem of bullying.
Description
Shelby the Cat is not a typical cat. He is kind and caring and looks out for all those who are smaller than he is. He loves to read and tell stories. He makes friends with mice and birds and bugs. This makes the alley cats in the street angry and jealous because Shelby is making them look bad. They try to force Shelby to be like them, but he refuses. Shelby knows who he is and what he wants to be and doesn’t let anyone pressure him to be different. One thing that helps Shelby is that he decides ahead of time how he will act when faced with peer pressure. This story is about resisting negative peer pressure and can help to start discussions about how to handle the problem of bullying.
About the author
Don Winn is the author and creator of the Cardboard Box Adventures series of interactive children's books. He currently lives just outside of Austin, Texas, and has been writing creatively for over twelve years. He began by writing poetry, but eventually began writing children's stories also. He has sometimes expressed surprise that he became a writer, because he remembers that when he was in school, writing was not one of his favorite subjects. But now it is one of his favorite things to do! When Don was a child and visited his grandmother, she would read with him every night out of a big children's dictionary. Even though that's not the most exciting thing to read, Don remembers it vividly because it was a time that the two of them spent together, reading and talking about what they had read. Mostly he remembers the warm bond it created between them. Because of this, the idea of lap-reading is something that Don Winn hopes to encourage through his interactive books. Every book teaches a simple, valuable lesson and contains a few questions for discussion at the end that parents can use to help start conversations about important topics with their children. Most importantly, reading and talking about these stories helps strengthen and maintain both communication and the loving bond between parent and child. The name for the Cardboard Box Adventures series comes from one of Don's favorite childhood activities: playing with a big, empty cardboard box. The box could be anything he imagined it to be...a rocket ship, a submarine, a fort, a tent, a cave...the possibilities were endless. And so through his light-hearted stories, Don Winn hopes to encourage children to use and develop their imagination in many ways. Because although imaginary childhood adventures are a wonderful beginning, it's also true that continuing to foster imagination in children helps them to learn and grow, to solve problems, and to become more empathetic and compassionate adults.
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