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Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul: Character-Building Stories to Read with Kids Ages 5-8

Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul: Character-Building Stories to Read with Kids Ages 5-8


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Through this collection of heartfelt true stories about family ties, helping neighbors, and lasting friendships, children will see how other kids their age have learned valuable lessons from the choices they've made—and most of all, they will realize that they are not alone.

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ISBN-13: 9781623611156
Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 427,549
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas


B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Thinking of Others

My Lady Sirena Van Schaik 2

The Right Thing to Do Stephanie Ray Brown 6

Friends of the Heart Ariana Morgan Bridges as told to Robin Smith Bridges 9

The Key to Bethany's Heart Karen Cogan 14

Bossy Lara Lara Anderson 17

A Special Lunch Christopher Geren 20

The Twenty-Dollar Bill Mallory McGinty 25

Sometimes, Babies Get in the Way Ruth B. Spiro 27

2 Being a Team Player

For the Love of Animals Emylee Cuthbertson 32

Second Act John P. Buentello 35

Music Is Contagious Mary Lou DeCaprio 40

Standing Up Christine Mix 45

Someone to Count On Richard Brookton 49

The Gravel Pit Renee Hixson 53

Adam Gets to Play Talia Haven 57

Swimming on a Goat Lana Krumwiede 60

The Gift Givers Club Kendal Kornacki Alison Kornacki 64

3 Being Responsible

Who Let the Dogs Out? Arlene Y. Burke 68

My Very Own Dog Kathleen Bracher 72

Who's to Blame? Michelle Rossi 76

Following the Rules Joseph Sottile 79

The Hill Sherm Perkins 82

A Little Birdie… a Big Responsibility Dania Denise Mallette 88

Munchy Lloret Pelayo 92

4 Making Good Choices

Starting Over Jamuna Rangachari 96

Friends Forever Darian Smith 99

Max and the Purple BMX Mongoose Bike Max Sampsell Joi Sampsell 103

Being True to Myself Terri Meehan 108

Is Sixteen Enough? Christine M. Smith 111

Disney Magic Bryan Martinez 114

Courage on the Court Sandy Green 117

Grandpa's Pig Cookie Curci 120

5 Making and Accepting Changes

Still Loved Karissa Porter 126

Letting Go Becca Sherman 130

Granny's Hands Victoria Williams 133

It Isn't How It Used to Be Virginia L. Kroll 137

Two Good Teachers Ann Ingalls 139

Pink Jelly Glasses Jacqueline J. Michels 144

Harry Kristie Jones 148

6 Learning to Forgive

The Treasure Charlotte Uteg 154

Keep Out Esme Sky Mills 157

The Tiny Bear Lara Anderson 160

Mike's Trucks Ronnie Reese 163

Trouble in Neverland Carly Hunoitz 167

All Because of Kelly Amy Cornell 170

Forgiving My Dad Sarah McIver 174

7 Sharing and Giving

Making Friends with a Puppet Lana Krumwiede 179

The Joy of Giving Ranie Burghardt 182

To Give Love Mimi Frid 188

Fifty-Six Grandparents Machille Legoullon 192

Esperanza Angela Abbott 197

A Healing Haircut Angela Rooker 200

Christmas for Opal and Sean Tiffany O'Neill 204

8 Looking on the Bright Side

The Best Toys Ever Karen Lynn Williams 210

The Best Present Mary Laufer 216

Throwing Stones Katherine Battersby 221

Wishing on a Lucky Star Melanie Joy Pastor 226

A Move to a New Life Andrew Sang 230

Grandma's Wisdom Rahul de Livera 234

Friends Are Like Flowers Michelle Marie 239

Who Is Jack Canfield? 241

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 242

Who Is Patty Hansen? 243

Who Is Irene Dunlap? 244

Contributors 245

Permissions 256

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