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Firenze's Light A Children's Book about Gratitude, Compassion and Self-Appreciation

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Shining Your Light Books July 2014
Character-Building Curriculum
Follow Firenze, a feisty firefly, as she discovers the power of her light in this fun and encouraging story of friendship and self-appreciation.  
Firenze's friends love her light, but Firenze doesn't think it's so great. How can she when it's nearly impossible to play a good game of hide-and-seek?!! When Firenze's light and a new friend's artwork unexpectedly combine, she must decide whether she will keep her light hidden or find the courage to let it shine.
No bullying-Let's model healthy friendships
Firenze's Light is a beautifully illustrated picture book that sets itself apart by leaving out the bullying and shame found in many traditional children's books. Readers will find encouraging, kind characters inspiring self-appreciation, gratitude, kindness and compassion. It's unfortunate that bullying will still happen in life, however Firenze's Light shows readers new ways to navigate conflict gently and compassionately, embracing rather than rejecting differences.
The best book for bedtime
The rich illustrations in Firenze's Light glow, creating a perfect opportunity for reading together, snuggled up in bed with a flashlight. This book will complement a collection with titles from authors like Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Laurie Wright (I Can Handle It - Mindful Mantras) and Brandon Walden (Seeds and Trees).
A book about loving who you are....even when it's difficult 
Embracing your differences doesn't happen overnight. It helps to have encouraging friends, positive language and patience. Author Jessica Collaco was inspired by authors like Rachel Hollis (Girl, Wash Your Face, Girl, Stop Apologizing), Brene Brown (Rising Strong, The Gifts of Imperfection) and Elizabeth Gilbert (City of Girls, Eat, Pray, Love) to create a book that encourages readers to shine from within.
While Firenze twirled on the stage, she realized how powerful her light was. 
It was creating magical art, joy for her friends, and happiness in her heart. 
Suddenly, Firenze felt very grateful she was a firefly. 
Ideal for children ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, this is the first in a series of books that reflect gentle parenting and nurture universal values that inspire and empower kids. Firenze's Light is a thoughtful gift for a baptism, baby shower, dance recital and birthday. Perfect for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, first grade and second grade. Printed in the USA with environmentally-friendly materials.
"Your light makes you unique," said her Mother. "No one shines just like you."--from the publisher
28 pages                              978-0991460700                          Ages 4-8
Keywords:  Character Building Curriculum, gratitude, self acceptance, individuality, identity, acceptance, compassion, emotional intelligence, being different, being yourself

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