“You’re different Jemima” Book Giveaway

By August 23, 2016Education, Families

If you know me at all by now you will have to come to realise that I am an a b s o l u t e  l o v e r of children’s books.

Not only for the purpose of teaching our children how to read and develop a love of literature, but also because there are just so many wonderful books out there that engage our children in meaningful conversations about important stuff!

I am always going on about the importance of positive communication and creating open dialogue with our children, and I am thrilled to say that this book –“You’re different Jemima” written by Jedidah Morley & illustrated by Karen Erasmus does just that.downloadI am incredibly e x c i t e d  to be able to add this to my own personal book collection, and thanks to the generosity of the publishers at Empowering Resources we have five copies to give away.

Chaos to Calm Consultancy is proud to be affiliated with Empowering Resources– a specialist book publishing company who are passionate about producing high-quality books that nurture, educate and empower kids all over the world.

How refreshing it is to see a book publishing company that is committed to publishing interesting and engaging books which empower children.

EmpoweringResources_Logo_RGBI have been extremely fortunate throughout my career to have meet some very gorgeous, colourful, quirky, incredible and different children.

I have spent so much time teaching them to be proud of who they are….to celebrate & embrace their differences.

I  always support & positively encourage them to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, and gain insights into why they sometimes behave the way they do.

Temple quoteWhen reading “You’re different Jemima” I was saddened, but not surprised to hear of the way her classroom teacher tried to make her conform to her expectations.

It is something I have seen all too often throughout my time in Education. Teachers have an expectation of all of their students, and if for some reason they do not fit into that mould, they are often sanctioned or made to feel inadequate.

When Jemima’s duck was not yellow, but colourful, vibrant and sparkly – her teacher made her feel as though she had failed.

When Jemima sang happily and loudly at the top of her voice – her teacher told her to be quiet.

When Jemima danced and whirled around to the beat of her own drum – her teacher said that she was not doing the moves correctly.

Thank goodness for the arrival of a new teacher named Mrs. Chuckles-  a teacher who celebrated, embraced and encouraged Jemima’s beautiful differences.

What an impact an amazing teacher can make to the life of a child, and indeed the lives of an entire family.

Every teacher should own this book and read it to their class often. We should teach all of our students that everybody is different in their own way.

We all have strengths and weaknesses.

We all have different likes and dislikes.

We all have thoughts, feeling, ideas and opinions of our own that are to be respected and valued.

These are the things that makes us special and unique. These are the things that make us who we are!

If you are a parent of a child who is different – I urge you to add this one to your book collection and share it with your child and celebrate all that makes them truly wonderful!

We need to show our children that we accept them and love them u n c o n d i t i o n a l l y for who they are – not who we want them to be. When children value themselves we see a special kind of happiness and positivity radiate out of their little hearts like beautiful beams of sunshine!

And truth be told, a glittery and sparkly duck is always going to be my personal favourite.

Yellow is just so…… ordinary.

Give me sparkles any day Jemima!

To enter the competition simply tell us “How your family celebrates being different?”

Chrissie

Love Chrissie xoxo

Terms and conditions

This competition is open at 7pm AEST on 28th August 2016 and closes at 7pm AEST on 4th September 2016.
This giveaway is based on a game of skill and the best response that answers the question will be selected as the winner.
Entry is via liking the post and leaving a comment on the giveaway blog post to answer the question.
This competition is open to Australian residents only aged 18 years and over.
A valid email address must be included in your entry.
One entry per person, where more than one entry is made the first entry will be taken and any further entries will be deleted.
Your email will be collected for the sole purpose of this giveaway and will never be given or sold to anyone or used for any other purpose.
The winner will be emailed and has 3 days to respond, otherwise the prize winner will be reassessed.
The original blog post will also be updated with the name of the winner.
By entering you are giving consent for your name to be published on the giveaway blog post if you are the winner.
The prize is not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash.
Prize sent out by the third party will not be replaced in the event it is stolen, lost or damaged in transit.
Chaos to Calm Consultancy accepts no responsibility for prizes sent by the promoter.
The decision on the winner is final and no dialogue will be entered into otherwise.
These terms are subject to change at any time without notice.

 * This is not a sponsored post, however I was gifted 5 copies of “You’re different Jemima” from Empowering Resources for the purpose of this competition and  review.

All opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

About Chrissie Davies

Chrissie Davies is an educator, consultant, published writer, loving adoptive mama, and passionate advocate for understanding children with challenging behaviours. Through her consultancy Chaos to Calm, Chrissie specialises in creating understandings and strategies to meet the needs of children with challenging behaviours. She supports both families and teachers to create more awareness of the different ways to use communication and emotional engagement to make positive changes in children’s behaviour.

14 Comments

  • Kelly says:

    we have different in our family and we just honour and encourage all unique traits as part of our natural life as a family. There is good to be seen in all traits if you look so we try to focus on the positive and reinforce socially that different is different, nothing more and nothing less.

    sounds like a great book!

  • Anna Brophy says:

    Oh ‘normal’ is just so yesterday. I celebrate outside the square by eating last night’s chocolate mousse for breakfast (straight from the fridge) and I pasted a smile on my face as I walked to the shops with my son wearing his snorkel mask earlier this week. Whilst this is light hearted, I do think as parents we need to role play that we all have bumps and quirks and this is what makes us ‘us’.

    • I l o v e the sound of mousse for breakfast Anna xx I sometimes have Tim Tams! I love your attitude and I truly believe that your family happiness is never about caring what other people think. If it feels good…. and everyone is happy…then run with it!

  • I love the sound of this book. We celebrate our differences by encouraging each other in whatever we are doing. Whether that be at home, the soccer field, the choir or learning to read. Always learning. Always trying. Always trying again when we make mistakes.

    • Making mistakes is all part of growing up. I always encourage my students to understand that mistakes are actually VERY important in life! We need them to be better learners, and to know how to do things differently next time.

  • Desiree says:

    We celebrate being different by embracing both our children and allowing them to express themselves in a way that truely allows them to shine. We allowed our 16 year old asd daughter to leave school and embrace her own journey in music. Our youngest asd 9 year old we let him express himself with by swearing and we ignore his swearing. It seems to work for him. 😝

  • Emily says:

    I have 2 children that are “different ” but my daughter who is Jemma , shines she has never worried about wether her clothes look like others as long as she is “fabulous ” Jem has never followed the norm and we have learnt to embrace every moment .

    My son Aiden is 9 he loves trains and most of his clothing is the colour lime green , and we went through a stage of 2 different coloured shoes . And although he is quieter then our Jem , his heart is empathic and he is not like every 9 year old but it is why we love him !

    In my house we practise that we don’t need to be like everyone else ,

  • Chloe atherton says:

    My kids would adore this book mr4 asd adhd with lovely red hair loves to be different and stand out from the crowd with a huge personality while miss 3 suspected asd is very shy and reserved and struggles with being different to the other kids around her.

  • Ryan says:

    We got our kookiness from our mother! Didn’t always embrace it to start with but I too had a teacher or two help make me comfortable with who I am and how to channel that uniqueness into my chosen career. Now as a teacher myself I will always encourage my kids to be their best self no matter how different others might think that is.

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