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When I found out my previous principal and his wife had authored a children’s book, I had to buy it and check it out. I knew it would be awesome because I know Don and Vickie Epps and their kids, Sarah and Charlie, are awesome. And let me tell you, I was right. This is a great book, and its message is so timely right now. We should all be doing our best to find lost smiles.
Finding Lost Smiles Arrives
When it arrived, Kristin and I opened it together. Kristin and Sarah were in the same classes in school over the years, so she was excited to look it over. She took it out to the gazebo to check it out.
I couldn’t help sneaking peeks myself!
If you’re a mother of young children or an elementary teacher, I would definitely recommend this book as an addition to your home or school library. The story centers around Sam who is usually happy and willing to share his smile. When new kids Molly and Billy come to school, he finds that they don’t return his efforts when he smiles. After a discussion with his parents, Sam doubles up on his efforts to get Molly and Billy to smile. It seems like nothing works. When Sam has a bad day himself, he discovers that he did have a positive impact after all.
I think that is one of the best parts of the story, and as a teacher, I can certainly relate. As teachers (and human beings), I hope we are all doing our best to help others find their lost smiles. But it’s easy to share your smile when you can see the effects right away by getting a smile in return. Sometimes it takes a long time for someone to find their smile, and you may never see it yourself. This story is a great reminder of how we may never know the impact we have on someone else, so we should not let the unknowing dampen our spirit or dissuade us.
Even though I teach high school, I plan on bringing the book to my classroom this fall and displaying it on my classroom library bookshelf. Sometimes we all need a little reminder, myself included.
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