Thursday, March 27, 2014

So Much The Better



  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris, Corp. (April 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450036074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450036078
 
"So Much The Better" is a chapter book for upper elementary but has also touched the hearts of all ages. The feedback the author received on her book, inspired her to get this message out to the world. So, she took the challenge and created a website and social media links to help get the book's message out to the world on-line. She also created a Curriculum Companion to the book which is offered for free on her website. It includes 21 lessons on character building that are taken directly from the book to help children become their best selves and inspire them to be great leaders.

The story is about a small lion named Ari. As a small cub, Ari's life is secure and safe. He plays and rests in the warm sunshine wit h his pride. One day this peaceful existence changes abruptly. Ari is taken far away from the other lions finding he is alone in unfamiliar surroundings. Ari is lost and without hope until he encounters help from Eliezer, a golden eagle who befriends him. Together they begin the long journey back to his homeland with many challenges to overcome. Upon his return Ari thought his quest had come to an end, but he realizes now, it has only just begun.

~My Impressions~ 

I was not sure what to expect with this book. I requested it because it looked like a good chapter book I could read with my youngest son. When the book arrived I was impressed to see the author has had wrote a thank you letter for taking my time to review her book. I thought that was very kind and seldom done.  The book is only 80 pages long, which is a great length for children to stay engaged without feeling overwhelmed at the size of the book they are trying to tackle. My son and I both adored the cover.  We like to play a game when we get a book and see if we can tell what the story will be about based souly on the cover and what we find. The first thing I noticed was that it was nicely illustrated with bold, bright colors that captured his attention as he looked it over and pointed out things he saw in the cover in an attempt to tell me the story the book held within. From the cover alone he guess the book was about a lion lost in the jungle looking for his friends and family.

One thing I would like to point out about this book is the font size. I see alot of children's chapter books that use this horrible tiny font that makes it difficult for kids to make out the letters and words. Megan used a nice size font that my son could easily put his finger under the sentence to follow along without covering up the words he was tying to read.! For those with little kids who have to use their finger to read still, you understand the importance of this one. 

The author also created a website with a free Curriculum Companion of 21 lessons on character building that you can access when you sign up for her newsletter at MeganMean’sAuthor. 

Now onto the book! This was a lovely story about bravery, friendship, and humility. It is wrote to teach your kids to grow emotionally, spiritual and learn how to be effective and strong leaders. The only thing I disliked about the book, that my 7 year old also picked up on, was there is no resolution to the disappearance of Ari's mother.  I loved the use of the proverbs thorough out the book from Eliezar's wise instruction to Ari's  just when he needs them the most. A few examples with the referenced proverbs are:

"A soft answer turns away anger." Proverbs 15:1
"Consider well the path of your feet." Proverbs 4:26
"He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself from trouble." Proverbs 21:23

I loved this book. Its filled with simple truths that are explained in ways that young children can easily grasp. I enjoyed how Megan worked in alot of scripture to support growing as a leader. 

My Amazon Review: 
My Goodreads Review
 
Informational links:
Megan's Public Review Page-- Coming soon
Learn more about Megan at: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MeganMeans

Megan's website: http://www.meganmeansauthor.com

Megan on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/SoMuchTheBetter
Megan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Megan_Means

Purchasing links:
So Much The Better can be purchased online at: Amazon or Barnes&Noble


Megan Means has a passion for children's literacy and wants every child to have a love for books and reading. Megan desires to inspire children to become their best selves and to be leaders who make a positive difference in the lives of those around them. Megan's fondest memories are of the years when she home-schooled her children and the many adventures they had along the way. Today, she continues to write and would like to create a sequel to her story "So Much The Better".




I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew
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