New Storybook Series Helps Children Build Critical Life Skills

Fuzzwippers Find Good Listeners Remember Linus from the “Peanuts” comic strip as infamous for carrying around his security blanket while sucking his thumb? It is common for kids to use “transitional objects”, often soft blankets, pillows, and stuffed toys, etc. as soothers and aides for communication and coping skills as they transition to independence.  I always appreciate the opportunity to check out books and toys that help with this crucial process.

That said, the former school counselor in me appreciated the first two books in a children serious I just read! The adorable Fuzzwippers Find Good Listeners($8.99, ages 3-7) by Marilynn Halas, illustrated by Jeremy Provost, is the second in a collection of ten storybooks that facilitate children’s social-emotional development by helping children learn the skills they need to live happy and balanced lives.  The Fuzzwippers were introduced to children earlier this year in Hello, We’re the Fuzzwippers. They are imaginary creatures that reach out to children or anyone who needs a friend, assuring them that they are wanted and needed.

Each story book in the Fuzzwippers series focuses on a different life skill—everything from how to be a good listener to playing fair. In the case of  readers are guided by a friendly and magical Fuzzwipper creature, which always assures them that “they are loved, no matter what.” The Fuzzwippers are perfect vehicles for both kids and adults to build age-appropriate expression.

Fuzzwippers Find Good Listeners follows Fuzzoola the Fuzzwipper and Katherine as they share their adventures and stories, and set out to help others learn how to communicate with their favorite buddies. A list of listener tips for kids is located at the end of the book, including tips such as “listen with your whole body” and “take turns talking.”

“Fuzzwippers were born from a story I made up for my daughter, Elizabeth, when she was about 6 years old,” said Marilynn Halas.  “She came out of school looking tired and overwhelmed and I did what I always did, I told her a story.  My gloves had pompoms on them and there was a loose one in my pocket.  I took it out and gave it to her as though it was a living creature.  When she held it close to her, I saw the first smile of the afternoon and I knew this would be a story worth telling.”

I find these books a great way to help families build stronger relationships and better communication skills in a language children will understand.  My little cheetah Beanie Baby who tells me I am due to get some new perfume for the holidays thinks so too!

About Marilynn Halas:

Marilynn Halas is a children’s book author, life coach and founder of 4 Sunflowers Media, a multimedia company whose mission is to empower children and parents through storytelling. Raised both in New Jersey and Northern Ireland, Marilynn uses her experience to infuse a deep understanding of the human condition into fantastic characters and situations that surprise, delight and reassure her readers. She currently lives in rural Connecticut with her husband and four children.

About Jeremy Provost

Jeremy Provost is the illustrator of Jumpin’ Jackie and The Cow That Jumped Over the Moon. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Illustration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He currently resides in Oconomowoc, WI.

Fuzzwippers Find Good Listeners

Written by Marilynn Halas, Illustrated by Jeremy Provost

$8.99, 30 Pages

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Hello, We’re the Fuzzwippers

Written by Marilynn Halas, Illustrated by Jeremy Provost

$8.99, 30 Pages

Disclaimer: SDBM was sent the books to review. Opinions are my own.

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