Win or Lost I love You
By Lysa Terkerust
Illustrated by Jana Christy
Published by Tommy Nelson
28 Pages Hardback

Back Cover: Win or lose, one thing that’s true . . . No matter what, I love you!
Competition can bring out the worst in us, but it can also be an opportunity to learn impactful life lessons. That’s why it’s so important for kids to understand how to handle winning and losing!

Join Lulu and Max as they help Bear-Bear, Goosey, Coyote and the rest of their animal friends in the Field Day contests determine who will be the leader of Lulu’s forest.
But as the animals soon find out, not everyone can win. Sore losers, unkind winners, flaring tempers, and a few tears are taking the fun straight out of Field Day!
Just like Lulu and Max help the animals navigate the ups and downs of the day, with Win or Lose, I Love You parents will be equipped to help children:

REVIEW: Lulu and Max are excited about the field day they have planned in the forest with six animal friends. They have a costume contest, then a stick toss, then an obstacle course and a pie eating contest. The race is on. Some animals get stuck, some fall only one wins each race.

The author says in forward, “Here’s the thing – sometimes kids struggle with bad attitudes, wanting to get ahead, and constantly wanting to pub themselves first. Winning and losing can become all-consuming to the point where our children can really forget that God has a plan in all of this – whether they win or lose.”

I liked how the author and illustrator bring this message to life. The winning and losing situation can be hard to deal with. It’s also hard to deal with someone who acts poorly. Many feel uncomfortable when people act badly in this situation. What to do?

Lulu says to an animal friend, “You behaved badly, but you are not bad. What can you do to make things better?”

Great question. Powerful statement. Great observation, “you are not bad.” Might have not handled things so great but with God’s help we can do better the next time.

I really liked how this book gets kids thinking, it shows a real situation with good attitudes and behaviors and those that are not so good. It also shows ways to handle winning and losing.

This book helps parents open up a dialogue to talk about this topic. There are also ten scriptures that help readers with this topic. This book will make a great gift. It has a powerful message delivered through fun loving characters!! It’s a win, win for everyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher Tommy Nelson for BookLookBlogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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