THE LITTLE THINGS
I wrote this story after I discovered the power of gratitude in my own life. I want to help our children understand what gratitude is, and why it’s important to practice it in their lives. We live in a world where it's more important than ever to slow down and appreciate the little things we have to cherish.
The two children in the story represent my own children, Luc and Sophie. Throughout the book they create their own gratitude journal based on some of our favourite family moments. Each page has special meaning and is truly a love story for my family.
Through the cycle of gratitude, we'll see that the more thankful we are for the good things in our lives, the more we will have to be thankful for. And it's the little things that make a big difference.
The simple message and straightforward text makes the concept of gratitude accessible to even our youngest readers. I encourage you to read this story with the children in your life and to create your own gratitude practice together. Writing what you're grateful for in a journal is a great way to start a consistent practice that will create magic in your life!
A LOOK INSIDE
WHY PRACTICE GRATITUDE?
Increases feelings of happiness, appreciation and empathy
Improves immune systems and lowers stress levels and anxiety
Builds stronger relationships
Strengthens communication skills
Heightens mindfulness and awareness
Improves problem solving and decision making skills
HELPS COMBAT MATH ANXIETY!
"This is an excellent resource. It combines thoughtful prompts and reflections to help students overcome math anxiety, improving their resilience, metacognition, and math abilities. I love the short and easy to respond to prompts and the inspirational and thought-provoking quotations. I will be buying a copy for my colleagues as well!"
~ Kimberly, teacher
EXCELLENT MATH MINDSET RESOURCE
"What a great resource! As a middle school educator, I see first hand the struggles students have in Math, often paired with a fixed mindset of "I'm just not good at Math". These quick, thoughtful prompts are great ways to tie discussion and reflection into a Math program or morning community time. I will be ordering the paperback version too!"
~ Kerri Loughrey, middle school teacher
"Sure wish I'd had this during my own schooling. Math has always been a scary word for me. Using this journal could change that for students. This is a wonderfully uplifting way to learn math for kids today."
~ Amazon customer
THIS SHOULD BE IN EVERY CLASSROOM!
"This is a fantastic resource! Personally have never seen anything like it for math and as a teacher or parent I think it will help transform the way our kids see math in such a positive way! Love it!"
~ Michelle Cain, elementary teacher and parent
EXCELLENT FUSION OF MATH AND LITERACY
"What an inspirational way to cultivate the love of math through empowering quotes that children can relate to. I especially love the cross-curricular application."
~ Annette, literacy lead
THE LITTLE THINGS IS REALLY WHAT MATTERS
"This book is an excellent tool for all teachers! We should have more books like these to engage the students and keep their attention. This book is well written with so much detail and attention. The author has touched so many important little moments that we all have lived and maybe take for granted. It is so important to teach gratitude to our children and to our students. I love the discussions we have in class when we talk about GRATITUDE and this book will only make the exchanges even more enjoyable. There is so much content and using her own experiences makes us feel like we know this author. Can’t wait to get back to class with this book in hand and read to my students. I will have to translate it in French but the illustrator did such a great job that the story can be imagined just by flipping through the pages. This message is one that needs to be shared by all. I encourage everyone to get a copy because change starts with you and The little things could make that change for us to live in a better thoughtful and grateful world."
~ Maryse, teacher
A WONDERFUL BOOK FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND STUDENTS
"Especially given the current times, this book is a wonderful reminder of all the things to be grateful for around us. It helps us to see the beauty in our world that we sometimes take for granted. It teaches us to appreciate the things we can control and take comfort in "the little things". Gratefulness and Growth Mindset are key components in the social/emotional development of our students these days, so this would be a wonderful resource in all classroom and school libraries."
~ Julia Barbuto, teacher
GREAT BOOK FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD!
"Great book for the young and old! I am excited to add this book as a resource to teach Kindergarteners about gratitude. For everyone else it’s a great reminder to notice the wonderful things we receive each day and to be thankful for them all. There is never something to have gratitude big or too small."
~ Kristen, Early Childhood Educator
A LOVELY BOOK TO READ AND TO PROMOTE REFLECTION ON YOUR OWN LIFE
"Wonderful book. Great to read to your own children or to a class. You could have meaningful family or class discussions on simple things you are grateful for, and have your children or class do their own book or special page to frame. Well done!"
~ Janice, parent & grandparent
APPRECIATING THE LITTLE THINGS AROUND YOU
"I love the clarity of the message. Less text and lovely images. Detailed and simple notes for children to understand and dream about.
I love everything about the book! It is a must for a bed time story."
~ Stella, parent