- Read it out loud to an individual or group.
- Re-read it making special voice tones for God, Brighty and the others and for the “star” sound effects.
- Draw, color and cut out the characters and put on craft sticks.
- Use your hand-made puppets to re-enact the story.
- Ask questions to start a dialogue.
- Give a copy to a friend whose child is being teased or bullied, and/or take one to your church’s library.
- Have an older youth read to the young ones. (Exposure to this message at any age is valuable.)
- Draw, cut out and decorate felt characters and put on a felt board to re-tell the story.
- Make over-sized 3-D characters with material sewn together and stuffed.
- Think about other times when hope is needed. Write a story about Brighty lighting the way for that occasion.
- Make a storyboard for your new story illustrating Brighty and your new characters. Your new characters can be animals or children.
- Make a “Brighty’s Gift” box and decorate in a special way. Put in slips of paper with compliments you hear about yourself from family, friends, teachers and acquaintances. Read them when you need to celebrate who you are.
- Make a “Brighty’s Gift” box for someone else. Start their box with slips of paper naming things you or others like about them.
- Make a “Brighty Compassion” box for your family and put in it all the things that hurt others and ways to show compassion to help them. Read them out loud in a family gathering on the day you name as “Compassion Day.”
- Plan a “Special Gift” treasure hunt. Have friends over. Put everyone’s name in a basket. Each person draws a name and writes something special about that person on an index card and decorates it. Have an adult or older child hide the “gifts.” Then go looking for the treasures. Whoever finds and gives the most “gifts” to others, wins. You decide the prize.
- Share these ideas with your friends. Have these conversations before you need to have these conversations. It will make you the place to go when times are difficult.
- Go to Amazon and leave a review. All the “stars” on Amazon will help get the word out.
Thank you for stopping by, Dee Wallain, and sharing with me and my readers this lovely little book for children. I am happy you were able to get it published. Not only is the story helpful and entertaining,it has great teaching tools, too. I wish you much success. By the way, I completely agree with your thoughts on Ellen Pickels! She is 'one of a kind'.
Meryton Press is giving away one Paperback copy of Brighty's Special Gift and it is worldwide, special thanks to Michele Reed. Good luck to all and please remember to leave your email address should you be the randomly selected winner. Giveaway ends at midnight, February 27, 2015.