This children’s ebook series teaches kids the valuable lesson that they can be anything they want to be, no matter how unlikely it first appears.
The “Wants to Be” series consists of four books:
- The Alligator Who Wanted to Be a Dog
- The Elephant who Wanted to Be a Bee
- The Peacock Who Wanted to Be a Pig
- The Snake Who Wanted to Be a Horse
Each book follows a similar structure: an animal notices another, totally different type of animal, and decides it wants to become just like it.
The animal gets advice on how to become that kind of creature by doing the things that creature does. In the end, after a lot of hard work, pain, discomfort, and some sort of magical transformation, the animal gets its wish!
Kids will love the imaginative, almost outlandish way that the animal becomes something totally new and different. Kids tend to love stories that are based on reality, but go above and beyond the constraints of this universe – and this series won’t disappoint.
But just because the happenings in these books seem impossible, the lesson to be learned is not lost.
How many examples in real life have we seen where someone first appeared totally unsuited for the wild success they had later? Einstein didn’t talk until he was 3, and then only seldomly, after rehearsing full sentences in his head before speaking. His parents thought he may have been retarded.
Milton S. Hershey’s first two businesses failed before he eventually started one of the most prominent companies in the world.
The point is, no matter how ridiculous someone’s goal seems, don’t disparage it. The more unlikely it is, the more the person will work to make it happen. And I think that’s the idea we want our kids to learn from these books.
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