Tori Comes Out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely

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Description

Tori the turtle feels all alone. She has just moved to a new pond and a new school with her family and it seems like everyone has a friend except her. Her teacher notices she feels alone and helps her remember Jesus is always her friend and then along the way she makes some new friends.

The last page contains information for parents on how God, in his Word, helps us turn to Jesus when we are lonely. Together children and parents will be guided into meaningful conversations about living by faith in the details of everyday life.

Also included is a tear-out page of “Back Pocket Bible Verses” that will give children a practical way to remember God’s words when they feel all alone.

A new series of hardback, illustrated children’s books for three-to eight-year-olds—each centered on an animal family—bring gospel help and biblical counsel to families. The animal characters, colorful illustrations, and the real-life issues each animal family face will captivate children. The first three books address anxiety, anger, and failure, bringing biblical help and hope to issues every child faces.

AUTHOR

Jayne V. Clark, MAR, is the Chief of Staff at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). She is also a counselor with thirty years of experience, a frequent retreat and conference speaker, and the author of the minibooks Single and Lonely: Finding the Intimacy You Desire and Healing Broken Relationships: What to Do When You’ve Been Hurt and many counseling articles.

Illustrator

Joe Hox was raised on a farm in southern Iowa where he doodled whenever he wasn’t spading thistles or feeding pigs. Everyone knew by his crooked hay rows that he would choose art over farming. Joe earned his BA in Art and Education from Dordt College and his MA from the University of Nebraska. Today he lives with his wife and four children in Pella, Iowa, where he illustrates and teaches art. Joe has illustrated all of the Good News for Little Hearts series.

Endorsements

"These books are a uniquely different genre from classic children's bedtime reading. They are counseling books to help children. They provide a creative avenue for children to consider how their faith is intimately relevant to their struggles. This is what makes this series of books so significant."
David Powlison, (1949–2019) was Executive Director of CCEF and editor of the Good News for Little Hearts series

"When our children were little, we read to them constantly—and had these books been available, they would have been among the favorites. With the simplicity and engaging charm of the Peter Rabbit stories, yet with the quiet grace of Christian insight, these stories stamp themselves on young minds. Text and pictures support each other tellingly. These books are destined to become favorites for young families." 
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical School, Deerfield, IL; cofounder of The Gospel Coalition

"I love these books. My daughter Kim who struggles with a disability loves these books. She giggles all the way through them—catching all the subtle humor. I read them to my grandkids. We especially love the drawings. I buy copies for all my grandchildren. What more can I say? They are fun!"
Paul E. Miller, Director of seeJesus; author of A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

"So many Christian parents are looking for engaging, age-appropriate ways to help their young children learn what the Bible teaches about everyday struggles and challenging situations. This new book series edited by David Powlison and Ed Welch fits the bill! In the Good News for Little Hearts series, kids will be enthralled by relatable characters, charming illustrations, and gospel-centered lessons. These volumes would make a valuable addition to any family’s library." 
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

“For years I wished there were resources that would help equip children to face the many trials and temptations that come in this life rather than waiting till they are neck-deep in the mire before throwing them the lifeline of biblical truth. The Good News for Little Hearts series is an answer to my longing. These books communicate life-changing biblical truths through beautiful illustrations and stories that connect with young hearts in meaningful ways.”
Curtis Solomon, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Coalition

“Wow, what a series! Within these books you meet wonderfully relatable characters with feelings and experiences readily identifiable to children of all ages, clever and creative illustrations, excellent questions that will spark meaningful conversations with your child or grandchild, and simple scriptural connections that are easily understood. Can’t wait to recommend them to our kids and read them to our grandkids!”
Dave Harvey, President of Great Commission Collective; founder of RevDaveHarvey.com; author of When Sinners Say I Do and I Still Do: Growing Closer and Stronger Through Life’s Defining Moment

“Kids struggle with loneliness, just like adults. Tori Comes Out of Her Shell teaches us how God cares for us. The cure for our loneliness starts with a new relationship with God through his Son, Jesus. That’s a message every kid (and parent) needs to hear!”
Deepak Reju, Author of On Guard and Preparing for Fatherhood

Additional Details

SKU:
2028
Weight:
0.65 LBS
Width:
8.75 (in)
Height:
8.75 (in)
Depth:
0.35 (in)
Author:
Jayne V. Clark
ISBN-13:
978-1-948130-76-9
Publication Date:
10/07/2019
Format:
Hardback
Page Count:
32
Age Level:
5-8
Grade Level:
Elementary
Series:
Good News for Little Hearts

10 Reviews

  • 4
    Loneliness

    Published by Jill Potts Jones on 11 26 2019

    Another book in the "Good News For Little Hearts" series, "Tori Comes Out of Her Shell", by Jocelyn Flenders and edited by Jayne V. Clark, is a story about loneliness. Tori Turtle learns that Jesus is always with her and she never has to feel alone.

    Tori also learns that hiding is never the answer to loneliness. Joe Hox again creates colorful illustrations to go along with Tori's story.  As each of the other books in the series, it includes a help section for parents and tear-out Bible memory verses.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Growth Press through Audra Jennings PR. I was not required to write a 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.”

  • 5
    You don't have to be lonely

    Published by ReneeK on 11 26 2019

    This is one of the many books in the Good News for Little Hearts series. The books are intended for ages 3-8. All the books are Biblical Worldview and teach kids about Biblical principles.

    Moving and starting a new school is tough and if you’re a shy kid it can be really tough. Torus just moved into a new neighborhood and has to start a new school. She tends to hide. She comes across Gertie the Gecko who is hiding in the bell. Together they form a friendship and overcome their loneliness. They find a even greater friend Jesus and that they are never lonely.

    This is a sweet story about finding friends and not hiding because you’re afraid what others may say or think. It stinks being lonely and you don’t have to be lonely. This would be a perfect book for a kid who is shy or has Autism.

    I love that this series deals with everyday issues that kids face. The stories are very realistic and told from the animal characters. The book is a good conversation starter for parent to have with their kids. I love that the story is from a Biblical Worldview.

    The illustrations are captivating and have a lot of detail to keep little ones even more intrigued.

    In the back of the book are scriptures cards and some tips for sharing with your kids. A Gospel-focused discussion guide is also included.

    I received a free copy of this product

  • 5
    Getting to the heart

    Published by Katie Waalkes on 11 21 2019

    What I love about this book and this series in general is that they are written by Christian Counselors. Meaning they not only get to the heart of the issue they give you some of the best questions to help you get to your child's heart.

    I love the fact that it talks about the difference between being alone and feeling lonely. They explain in the discussion guide how Loneliness is a feeling of being isolated and disconnected from people around us and address the very important topic of fighting the temptation to just withdrawal in moments like this and further isolate yourself. I won't get into all the specifics but they also share how the best cure for loneliness is feeding your relationship with God.

    I also love the fact that every one of these books in this series shares how keeping God's word close (through the use of verse cards) in their pocket can be a great reminder when we are tempted to forget the truth. How powerful this concept is if you really think about it. What if you took the lie or struggle that your child wrestles with the most and helped them look up applicable verses that shine truth on the situation. Then encourage your child to not only memorize those verse but to literally carry them around with them as a quick reminder. I just love this idea and I love that in each book they include verse cards that you can pull out and give to your kiddos.

  • 5
    Excellent for a child dealing with a move/changing schools!

    Published by Beauty in the Binding on 11 20 2019

    Both of my daughters were eager to read Tori Comes Out of Her Shell. They enjoyed the colorful illustrations and spotting characters from other books in the Good News for Little Hearts series. My seven-year-old seemed to connect with Tori as they share a natural shyness. This book focuses specifically on moving and changing schools and I think it would be an excellent resource for helping a child deal with such a transition. Outside of such situation though, it offers a reassuring message to the shy child (or any child) that Jesus is a friend who will never leave them. 5 Stars!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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."

  • 5
    Loved it!

    Published by Brooke on 11 20 2019

    Tori comes out of her shell was so cute! I loved the idea that even when you feel alone, God is there for you! I think these books do a great job of depicting a real struggle for children and how to work through them. I would definitely suggest them!

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