Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo
That Time at the Zoo is a newly released children’s book by Marilyn Green, a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst, mother, and well-known blogger from Ottawa. The book is about a little girl named Clair and an adventure she and her mother have at the zoo.
It begins with great excitement as Clair and her mother start their adventure, however, upon arriving at the zoo, Clair’s excitement fades. She quickly becomes apprehensive about visiting the animals and experiencing the zoo train. The lions, elephants, and train are all new experiences for Clair and she is fearful. The lions are “too scary!”, the elephants are “too big!” and the train ride is “too fast!”. In each scenario Clair’s mother warmly calm’s her worries by singing:
“New things are fun
Try and you’ll see
And they will agree.”
With her mother’s reassurance, Clair bravely moves forward. She faces each of her fears with her mother close by and ends up loving each experience. She learns new things can also be fun things – the central message of the book.
This book and its underlying message is a great conversation starter with young children about understanding emotions as well as the things causing them worry or fear. Additionally, Clair and her mother provide a lovely example of how with consistency, warmth, and presence, a parent and child can work together to learn the things that scare us may be the same things that can bring us joy.
It is interesting to note that the author’s inspiration for this book came from her own experiences as a mother. She found herself using songs and rhymes to help her own child through difficult situations. From there she decided to write Clair’s story and have it illustrated to help parents as they came across these same situations with their children.
Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo is enjoyable to read. At ages 2 and almost 4 both my children grasped its message. The pictures are big and bright and the faces of the characters are expressive, conveying clearly the feelings of Clair throughout the story. It is not only a delightful read for early and young readers, it holds the potential to be a parenting tool to help teach emotional literacy, bravery and the overcoming of obstacles in a supported way.
Are you interested in reading Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo? Open to all Canadians, we are giving away one copy to a lucky reader! You can enter by commenting below. A winner will be selected at random.
If you would like to purchase the book you can do so at clairsadventures.blogspot.ca for $16.99. Enter promo code OMC1399 to receive a discount. The book can also be found at Tag Along Toys, Boomerang Kids Westboro, and My Toy Shop in Manotick.
Marilyn Green would like for one lucky Ottawa Mommy Club follower to receive the book Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo!
The ARV of this prize package is $16.99!
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 EDT on March 31st, 2017.
Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.