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Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart.

Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart

Howard Binkow, author

Susan F. Cornelison, illustrator

We Do Listen Foundation

4314 Marina City Drive #320, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

9780971539020, $15.00

Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart is a children's picturebook that embodies several invaluable messages for young people. When young rabbit Howard B. Wigglebottom is mocked by his peers for dancing, he decides he will never dance again. But when he confides his sadness to his grandfather, his grandfather reminds him that he comes from a long line of Wigglebottoms who love to dance. Howard's grandfather teaches him that he should dance because it's fun and he loves it first and foremost! A list of suggestions for lessons or reflection and the end of the book go over the central themes of feeling something one's heart, the value of confiding in a trusted older person, issues that can affect self-esteem, the value of trying something different for the fun of it, and the benefit of connecting with one's roots and family legacy. Perhaps the most important message is to "Be proud of who you are!" Highly recommended for public library collections as well as for children's bookshelves.
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Publication:Children's Bookwatch
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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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