Children Who Appreciate Differences by Todd Rutherford

Many people are self-conscious and feel as though they don’t fit in, or that their differences might keep them from being accepted by their peers. There is much pressure that accompanies this mindset, pressure that sometimes results in low self-confidence and low self-esteem. For children, it can also lead to poor grades in school, reluctance to participate in extracurricular activities, or worse. It is important for parents to recognize this problem and find ways to connect with children so that these problems can be overcome early, without harmful consequences later in life.

It is because of this problem that children’s author, Don M. Winn, wanted to create the book The Tortoise and the Hairpiece. Created for parents and teachers, this book serves as a tool to teach kids through interaction to appreciate the fact that they each one unique and that there are so many friends and people out there that will appreciate them the way they are. The book teaches with colorful illustrations, rhymes, and interactive questions at the end of the story-all for a fun and effective learning tool.

“Several of my books deal with real life situations that most of us have faced from a young age,” said Mr. Winn. “My hope is that they will really help parents to make even one more connection with their kids through reading the books together, because life is so fast-paced and can be very difficult. Maybe one of my stories will make it easier for them to help their children by really opening up discussions between them and helping them to increase the loving bond that they already have.”

Mr. Winn did not stop at just writing about the importance of appreciating our differences. He also wrote books that deal with appreciating others’ differences, bullying and standing up to peer pressure, never giving up or being afraid of failure, succeeding despite a learning problem, encouraging imagination and learning, urging kids to pay attention in school, and more.

Creator and author of the Cardboard Box Adventures book series, Winn struggled with dyslexia, family turmoil, and constant uprooting from place to place and school to school as a child. As a result, he learned many valuable lessons that are reflected in the person he is today. It is these lessons that inspired him to create children’s books that teach valuable life lessons to children by encouraging the use of imagination and facilitating interaction with parents and teachers.

Some of Mr. Winn’s favorite memories from childhood involve time spent living out imaginary adventures inside a simple cardboard box; thus the name of his storyline “Cardboard Box Adventures.” Share The Tortoise and the Hairpiece with a child and discover together a new appreciation for our differences.

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