The Garden In My Mind: Growing Through Positive Choices*
- A story about ignoring distractions and making better choices
- Filled with rich imagery and valuable lessons for home, school and life
- Recommended for ages 9 through 12
Written by Stephie McCumbee. Illustrated by Lisa Griffin. Grades K-5.
A story about ignoring distractions and making better choices. When Maci and Trey are pulled out of class because they mocked little-miss-perfect Shaina, their teacher offers them this advice: Grass withers and flowers fade every time a bad choice is made. Those words went right over Trey's head. He didn't get it, but Maci understood...sort of. It was time for her to make better choices! But how can she do that when Trey is coaxing her to chat during quiet time and goof off during study time? What is she supposed to do? In this imaginative tale, Maci discovers how to grow a beautiful garden in her mind by taking responsibility for her actions and making better choices. She also sees how Trey's poor decisions and behaviors (disrupting class and distracting others) are hurting him. This lovely story is filled with rich imagery and valuable lessons for home, school and life!
This is the perfect book for helping children understand the importance of making good choices and being responsible for their own behavior. Help cultivate your classroom community and GROW good citizens by reading and discussing this book with your students. --Deanna Jump, National Presenter, Blogger and teacher
Winner of the 2014 MOM's Choice Award honoring excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Silver Award Recipient for Children's Picture Books. --MOM's Choice Awards
The Garden in My Mind is a self-help story for elementary to middle school students that uses positive flower imagery to promote the child's ability to distinguish and make lasting good choices in social interaction and learning. Maci and Trey are students who have gotten into the habit of teasing other students and disrupting class...Mrs. Jillian (their teacher) says, "Your brain is like a sponge. It has many flower seeds just waiting to grow. Each time you are doing your best, you are watering your seeds, Each time you make a bad choice, your flowers begin to fade. It's time you start to think about your choices and how they may be hurting you." ...Bright colored illustrations filled with light and humor deliver and frame the messages of The Garden in my Mind, an excellent tool to teach students responsibility for their own choices and behavior, encouraging them to grow and learn. --Children's Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review
40 pages, Softcover, 10 x 7 inches, Ages 9 to 12