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October 16, 2018

Gifted children often seek out tasks that are challenging; not just to improve their skills, but to make new discoveries, just like Chevron. Chevron has a passion for learning.

October 1, 2018

In Christina’s story, she learns that failure does not need to define her.  She wants to make up for last week’s mistakes, so she will look good: but rather than responding helplessly and avoiding the challenge, she discovers that failure provides new information.

September 17, 2018

Resilience is a quality to be treasured.  Fear of failure needs to be shown the door.  For Christina, her perseverance paid off but in a new way that she could not contemplate at the beginning of her story.

September 3, 2018

Joan Freeman says, “Pressure to succeed can cripple the gifted with perfectionism.”  While perfectionism is not necessarily an indication of giftedness, it is a common tendency in gifted children; but it can stunt personal growth.

August 20, 2018

Reflections can lead to many journeys.  Another morning, the reflections were so real, that it looked like the cars were travelling upside down along the edge of our lake.  And that thought took me to the world of special effects in film making.

August 6, 2018

n his new approach, Christine was his first model. Though beautiful, she had “zero self-esteem” as a result of bullying.  Her shoulders were hunched.  There was zero eye-contact.  Rick says, “It broke my heart and I thought, ‘How am I going to photograph her?’

July 23, 2018

Publishing picture books requires creativity – taking a succession of text on a white page and converting it into something tangible.  I recall the moment when I saw my characters in black and white, then colour.  Suddenly, they had eyes and a face.  They could smile.

July 9, 2018

To all four main characters, Tiger acts as a true friend, showing curiosity and empathy.  To Chelsea and Chadwick, Tiger is a lighter version of their strengths and makes their personalities shine.  For Christina and Chevron, he puts the spotlight on them by providing...

June 25, 2018

Although she is co-operative at the end of two stories, by book 5, she finds it hard even being friends for fun. Clara Yuen says, “Empathy draws people closer together and lays a good foundation for relationship”.    I wonder if Lion is listening.

June 11, 2018

Charlotte fits admirably into the categories of friend for mutual benefit and a true friend: but when confronted by injustice, Charlotte needs a friend who can add some curiosity to her big white heart and be a friend for fun, too.

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