Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister gives parents guidance for ending teasing while teaching children how to build one another up.
Shawn and Annie are excited for a family camping trip, but trouble awaits! Mom and Dad tease each other, and soon Shawn follows their lead and starts teasing Annie. But every time Shawn is unkind and teases her, Annie gets a little bit smaller. As Annie shrinks, the whole family learns how teasing can be hurtful to others and how it dishonors God.
All parents would like their children to tease less and be kinder to one another, but may not notice they do the same thing. Best-selling author Ginger Hubbard and Al Roland show families the way forward with a vivid picture of how teasing “shrinks” others and points them to Jesus for forgiveness. A parent resource page presents a biblical framework and practical suggestions to help children understand why they tease others and how to communicate in a more loving way.
Ginger Hubbard, bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That, speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences, and homeschool conventions across the country, and cohosts the Parenting with Ginger Hubbard podcast. She and her husband have four adult children and live in Opelika, Alabama, where they enjoy working together from home.
Al Roland has worked as a software developer for over thirty-six years. He enjoys spending time with his family, long road trips, mountain biking, adventure, and serving several ministries including RYFO which provides Christian host homes for traveling musicians. He and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama where they raised and homeschooled their four children.
Veronika Kotykis a Ukrainian illustrator who is passionate about creating quirky characters and bright worlds for children’s books. After receiving a fine art degree, she explored foreign cultures and various forms of art. Her awards include the 2017 stArt Award and a gold medal at Mom’s Choice Awards.
“Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister is an engaging story that will resonate with children and generate discussion about the power of words, teasing, and forgiveness. Here is a beautiful book to help children learn to guard against unwholesome talk. The section about helping your child with teasing is worth the price of the book! I highly recommend you pick up a copy.”
Dr. Josh Mulvihill, Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry at Renewanation
“The words we use matter more than we know. Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister will not only delight readers with its whimsical rhyme but will also teach them about the power of forgiveness and the deep theological truths of Ephesians four.”
Jamie Erickson, author of Holy Hygge: Creating a Place for People to Gather and the Gospel to Grow, co-host of the Mom to Mom Podcast
“As a longtime fangirl of Ginger Hubbard’s books, I was absolutely delighted to get a hold of this fun, engaging, thought-provoking, and beautifully illustrated new book series for children. Ginger has a way with words and, as in all of her writing, she focuses on the most important thing, pointing our children to their need for a Savior! These books are sure to be dearly loved for generations to come.”
Yvette Hampton, Producer and host, Schoolhouse Rocked
“While character training in children cannot regenerate the heart, it does shape it. As a result, good parenting will both speak the gospel and shape the will. I am delighted to see this new series of children’s books by Ginger Hubbard and Al Roland does both. Parents and grandparents will find these a fun and engaging help as they seek to disciple the hearts of their children.”
Chap Bettis, Author of The Disciple-Making Parent and other resources for the family
“As a parent, I need all the help I can get in assisting my children to see the need to control their words and actions. The Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series is a welcomed resource to help children see the benefits of choosing wise behavior.”
Israel Wayne, author and conference speaker. Founder of Family Renewal
“These fun, rhyming stories captivate children’s attention while shining a light on their sinful speech and its consequences. They convict children—and parents!—of the seriousness of their sin, but these are far more than moral tales. They point to the grace of the gospel and the wonder of forgiveness that come only through Jesus. There is great wisdom and great hope within these pages.”
Melissa Cutrera, ACBC certified counselor; author of God’s Great Plan
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Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister is the latest title in the Teaching Kids to Use Their Words Wisely Series. The illustrations in this book are powerful and reinforce the story in which teasing not only hurts feeling but actually ends up reducing self worth making the character feel smaller. One of the benefits of this series in the inclusion of the parent guide in the back of the book which helps aid discussion of the text and ultimately connecting the lesson to everyday life. While these complimentary books were provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.
With Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister: A Book About Teasing by Ginger Hubbard and Al Roland you cannot go wrong. Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister: A Book About Teasing deals with a real life issue that everyone deals with in an engaging and easy-to-understand way that everyone can understand. I love the way that Ms. Hubbard and Mr. Roland come up with creative ways to help illustrate how the way we use our words effect others and can bring them down. I love that with each book in the Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series uses the Word of God as it’s root for how to deal with the life situation that is brought up in the book. I specifically love how in Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister: A Book About Teasing, when the rubber meets the road, and the Family notices something is wrong, the Mom immediately seeks God’s help on what to do and tries her best to make things right immediately, setting an example for the entire Family. I believe Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series would be perfect to read in any Christian setting. I could see Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister: A Book About Teasing being used for a Family Devotion Time or to help children to see how their words can effect others. I highly recommend not only Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister: A Book About Teasing, but the entire Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series! I would like to thank New Growth Press for giving me a copy of Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister: A Book About Teasing to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My full review: https://leslieslibraryescape.wordpress.com/2023/01/23/book-review-shawn-and-his-amazing-shrinking-sister-a-book-about-teasing/
Shawn and His Amazing Shrinking Sister is a great resource for the entire family. The authors cleverly demonstrate how mean-spirited teasing doesn't just ruin the day, it makes others feel small. I love that there's a lesson here for both parents and kids. And the scripts for talking with kids about teasing in the back of the book are priceless.