Monday, October 12, 2009

Book of the Week: U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids by Debra J.Slover

This week we have a different kind of book for you. The full title is “U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids Growing My Leadership Garden.” The concept of this book in the author’s words:

U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS: Growing My Leadership Garden
will help you nurture and grow the unique leader within
each child.
Written for 8–12 year-olds, the story is a fable of the lost
sheep, Hugh. Representing the human heart, mind, and
spirit, he wanders onto the Leadership Farm. There, he
learns how to become a courageous leader with a unique
purpose and aim. He discovers that all plants have a primary
shoot called a leader, which eventually blooms. Like
plants, each child is a leader waiting to blossom.

The story starts out with Leda working in her garden when a lost sheep happens upon her. When Hugh the sheep tells her his story about why he left home, Leda starts teaching him the concept of growing a Leadership Garden within himself.

Through Hugh’s interactions with all the unique farm animals in the story, Hugh learns to develop his own Leadership Garden. Follow along on the journey and learn how to grow your very own Leadership Garden.

Debra has skillfully woven together a fable children will enjoy and understand with some very powerful lessons. All children need to learn the skills taught in this book to develop and have a fulfilling life.

This book goes beyond reading in several ways. First, at the end of each chapter there is a section called “Hugh Wants To Know.” Here there are discussion questions, writing activities and /or an activity to complete. This helps bring home what lessons were taught in that chapter. Next is the Activity Guide. This reinforces the lessons in the book through further discussion and fun activities for the children. There also is a listing of the Oregon Standards that are met by each chapter.
To learn more about U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids, visit the Learder Garden Press.

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