December 9, 2015

Win or Lose, I Love You! By Lysa TerKeurst

As my children get older I've loved watching their little personalities develop. I find it thrilling when I notice that they share certain traits of mine or their father's, grandparents, aunts, or uncles. It's no secret that I am an avid book reader and it seems that I may share that passion with my oldest son. We both need a book under our pillow just to fall asleep. 

We're always hungry for a new read, so we've been on the hunt for some great new children's books. We recently came across "Win or Lose, I Love You!" By Lysa TerKeurst. It's a whimsical story about Lulu and Max who venture into the forest to play games with the animals. They set up several field-day activities like a costume contest, a stick toss, a pie-tasting contest and obstacle course. The day's overall winner will be crowned the leader of the forest. As the animals compete they deal with the emotions of winning and losing. Throughout the competition Bear-Bear comforts the animals that lose, he encourages the other participants and he is the voice of reason when things don't go according to plans. In the end, Bear-Bear is crowned the Leader of the forest, not because he won the most games, but because he showed resilience and responsibility under pressure. Children of all ages can learn from the moral of the story but in my opinion, the book would be best suited for preschoolers to first graders.

The message of good sportsmanship is presented in a clear and understandable story that children will relate to and want to read. The story itself is a bit long for a two-year-old and I personally struggled to keep my big man's attention throughout the book's entirety. However, since the illustrations are so captivating and the base of the story provides a very teachable lesson, with a little creative thinking I was able to alter some of the words to cut down on the story's length and keep my little one's interest. At the end of the book the author outlines "10 Biblical Words of Wisdom Whether You Win or Lose" citing Scripture to help reinforce the story's lesson. I like the idea of using storytelling to teach children real life lessons and supplementing it with Scripture. I would recommend this book if you're trying to teach your children about good sportsmanship, but this isn't the first book we reach for when we need a book under our pillow. 

Teaching my children personal responsibility and sportsmanship is incredibly important to my husband and I. Here are some more of my thoughts on sportsmanship and children: Should We Be Raising Losers?

BookLook Blogger provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.
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1 comment:

  1. Omg! Wha a cute book! I have a 3 year old princess who would think this was the most fabulous thing ever!