Sunday, October 20, 2013

True Story: First Edition of Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Giving Goes for $1,000.00!!

It's true... one of the first copies of Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Giving went for $1,000.00!  Here's the scoop:  One of the teachers at my school rewards her students for good behavior with "dollars"  they can add to their  "bank account".  It might be $10.00 for following directions or $15.00 for turning in an assignment on time.  Each student keeps up with their mounting bank account (some good math practice is going on here) and at the end of a grading period there is a much anticipated auction where students can spend their "money" by bidding on various items.  There is lots to choose from: candy and toys, books and stuffed animals. One of the items in the auction this week was a copy of Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Giving.  Guess what the book went for?  $1,000.00!!  My friend Daniel was the winner and is pictured below:

The Story Behind Wyatt the Wonder Dog

In a society where a feeling of entitlement is commonplace, it is refreshing to meet children and adults who express gratitude and generosity. When I began writing the story, Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Giving, I wanted to help children understand the power of being generous and giving, no matter their age or economic status. Some of the most generous people are not necessarily the wealthiest. Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela are examples of people who have given their lives in service to others.

When Wyatt's story begins, he is concerned about how long he has to wait until Christmas and what gifts he will receive. However, by the end of the story, Wyatt understands that his ability to be giving to others is a more important concern. It really is more blessed to give than to receive!

Three Concepts to Learn about Generosity

Developing the trait of generosity and kindness is something that can be started early in small ways and then developed into bigger projects as children grow.  Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Giving   teaches the following concepts:
  • Kindness and generosity can be something very small, such as letting someone go first in line. We all have opportunities to be kind and generous daily.
  • Kindness and generosity encourages kindness and generosity. When we are kind and generous it begins a never ending spiral of similar acts.
  • Everyone, no matter their age or finances can be generous. 

There Are Bonuses!!

Beginning Sunday, October 20 through Sunday October 27th, Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Giving will be discounted on Amazon.  In addition, every book is loaded with bonuses.

There is a link to an audio file of Neil Scott-Barbour--The British Voice Talent,  reading the story. This audio is a real gem!  Neil reads the story with an engaging and compelling voice.  His rendition of Wyatt is classic.  Each book includes the following additional bonuses:
  • discussion questions
  • directions for creating a paper chain Christmas countdown
  • information on therapy dogs, which are models of generosity
  • a template for a Christmas coupon book 
  • coloring sheet

Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Giving is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. 

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  1. Wow! Such a marvelous book, Lynne! Thanks for the copy you gave me on Sunday. Can't wait to read it to my granddaughter.
    Blessings, my friend!

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