children’s books: lessons


Suppose you wanted to write children’s books with lessons kids could easily remember. You’d need to make sure your readers could relate to the problem. Sometimes children remember things they’ve experienced themselves Let’s talk about little six year-old Jacob Cummings, who wanted to earn some money by setting up his own vegetable stand on his parents farm. He lives in the small town  of Easton. He used the honor system for his stand. One day when he came by to check on the proceeds from sales, all the produce was gone, but there was no money in the box marked ” Please pay.”  No one expected that to happen.

Jacob said he normally goes to the stand to check the vegetables and take the money from the box. But ““This time bad guys took the money,” he said. “If they keep taking the money, I will stop selling the vegetables. I don’t want people to take them without paying.” Jacob was clearly sad and disappointed. His Mom, Kate Reluga, wondered if someone could solve the mystery of what became of the vegetables. Before long an article appeared online called, “The Case of the Missing Vegetables.”

One of Jacob’s neighbors wrote an anonymous note saying it was a shame someone took his money and vegetables. They added  there are “bad guys” but most people “Are honest with love in their hearts.”

Sal Gilbertie, who also has a vegetable farm in town, invited Jacob to tour his farm. Mr. Gilbertie said “You have to trust “God, the gardens, and people. You have to trust that 99% of people are honest.”

Even the firemen in town and Jacob’s teachers helped him understand most of the people in the world are honest. Happily, his stand is open again. Once again, Jacob is a businessman. Great job, Jacob!

If you like children’s books with valuable lessons you would enjoy all of mine. Tails of Sweetbrier has lessons about perseverance. Charlie the Horse helps you remember to set goals. Charlene the Star doesn’t like racing the way all her friends do. She must find her natural talent. The other children’s books, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, address bullying, honesty, friendship and helping others. If you check out these children’s books, I hope you learn a lot and have fun in the process.

copyright 2015 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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  1. Sherry Ellis says:

    I hope he doesn’t meet any more “bad guys.”


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