Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Monday, November 4, 2013

Can't Wait Willow - A Book Review

I couldn't wait to review this first book in a series by Christy Ziglar, called Can't Wait Willow. Does that last name sound familiar? Have you ever heard of the widely known motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar? This is his niece, and she has written an adorable story that I had the privilege of enjoying  with my daughters.

"Sometimes you need to say no. It can be better to wait. Save yes for the super amazing, and end up with the truly great!'

The above quote from this lovely picture book presents its theme perfectly. The illustrations of Willow create such a sweet and likable character, with her freckled nose, and cute red headed bob.
The first few pages set up the story as Willow joyfully anticipates the circus that is coming to her town. On the exciting day, she makes her way to her destination, but finds herself distracted by other fun treats and diversions. By the time she gets to where she's going, she finds herself without money, and then she misses the circus show :(

Christy Ziglar uses memorable and repetitive phrases that are sure to engage any young reader, which always end with:

"Willow just couldn't say no."

Thankfully, in the world of children's picture books, there is usually a happy ending. Such is the case here, when the kind ring master saves the day with a special way to lift Willow's spirits.

The beginning of the book offers a little note to parents to talk through some of the book's themes as you read together. It also provides a link (that you'll find below) for a variety of good parenting resources.
As an extra fun story stretcher, you and your child can go on a "star search" and look on each page for the little yellow star that follows Willow around. Sometimes the star looks happy, sometimes sad. You can help your little one identify its mood. So cute.

This was a great story for my girlies. The oldest are technically a little older than the target age range, but they are the perfect age to read to baby girl, who LOVES when her big sisters snuggle and read with her!
We like this story a lot, and I think it will be making its way on to our holiday wish list for the little ones in our lives. Hope you check it out!

About Shine Bright Kids:

The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a relevant framework to help instill solid values and teach the importance of making good choices. The series teaches principles including: using good judgement, taking responsibility, self control, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.
Check out their website at  for free reward charts, activities, and other parenting resources.

About the author:

Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator and the world's original optimist, Zig Ziglar is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her new Shine Bright Kids picture book series.
Christy is available for Q&A, author interviews, Skype calls, etc.!

The first book in the series: Can't Wait Willow!
Willow is so excited that the Over The Top Circus has finally come to town! The only problem is, that when left to her own devices, she can't say "no" to some good things. On the way to the show, she is distracted by enticing treats and fun that she just can't turn down. Willow arrives late and finds that, not only has she run out of time, but money, and she won't be able to enjoy the pink cotton candy she's been dreaming of. Willow is given valuable advice and a second chance, and is ultimately taught the lesson that sometimes in life you have to say "no" to good things to end up with something great!

Find Can't Wait Willow at Barnes &Noble and other fine retailers as well as





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