Something That Makes You Different Can Be A Good Thing | Help Your Child To Embrace What Makes HIm Different

Page7_Back BackKids do not want to be different 

The last thing a kid wants to be is different.  To be different means attention and it is not always good attention.  You could be a different in a whole lot ways.  You could have a lisp, like Cindy Brady had.  You could be the last one picked for the sports team.  You could always get the lowest grade in the class or the highest grade for that matter.  You could stay back a year instead of moving forward with your classmates or you could be asked to skip a grade.  Whatever the difference, we are programmed to believe that different is bad.  Wouldn’t it be great to convince our kids and for them to actually believe that different is good?

How a difference can be a good thing

In the Lima Bear Press series book, How Back-Back Got His Name, one of Lima Bear’s friends, Plumpton, has an emergency and sends for Lima Bear for help.  Plumpton is an opossum, you see, and somehow his back was missing.  When all his buddies come to his aid to help him find his back, they all find themselves in danger from the kids playing in the Big Meadow.  Plumton must use his special skill, his difference of playing dead, to get past the kids and save his friends.  Plumpton’s difference is what enables him to save his friends!

Reading a story like How Back-Back Got His Name with your child is a great way to illustrate how a difference can be an advantage, something can be embraced, even valued!  Share what made you different when you were a kid.

Encourage Your Children to Act With Courage Through The Use of Children’s Books

Cave Monster_front coverCan an illustrated children’s book help you to encourage your child to be courageous?

We think so.  That is one of the reasons that we wrote and continue to write the Lima Bear Series.  You see, Lima Bear, one of our major characters, is a very brave bean…smart, too.  His adventures are always exciting but they also exhibit Lima Bear’s bravery in tough situations.  Take, for example, Lima Bear’s action in the Lima Bear Series book, The Cave Monster.

In The Cave Monster story, Lima Bear comfortably waits in his home for his cousin, L. Joe Bean to visit.  He learns from his friends Whistle-Toe, Maskamal, and Back-Back that L. Joe Bean has been captured by the cave monster.  All the friends are scared.  They don’t WANT to go to the cave where the cave monster is keeping L. Joe Bean but they must go.  We learn that courage is not always a comfortable feeling and that courageous people are fearful but they do not let that fear keep them from action.

Unknown-1…”children like books about values and ethical dilemmas…these questions are at the heart of what makes life meaningful” 

In a post titled, How to Raise a Child of Character, Dr. Laura Markham, of  believes that books can help you encourage your child to act with courage. She says in this article, “Most young children like books that talk about values and ethical dilemmas. That’s because these questions are at the heart of what makes life meaningful, which is a primary question for children beginning at about the same age — the preschool years.

“at the heart of what makes life meaningful”-  What a lovely sentiment that is. We agree.

How to start a conversation about courage using a children book such as The Cave Monster

Books like The Cave Monster give parents the perfect vehicle to start a conversation about a subject children desire to discuss.  In The Cave Monster specifically, a way to begin the conversation about courage could start with first reading the book with your child.  After reading the book you could sit with your child and (using the ideas from “extend the learning” pages found in the back of each Lima Bear Series book) you could ask the following questions:

**What do you see when I say the word “monster”?

**How does the author let you know that the characters are afraid of the Cave Monster?

**Would you be afraid of the Cave Monster?  Why or why not?

**Have you ever been afraid?  How did you handle that feeling?

Reading a children’s book and starting a conversation about courage could be an important step in imparting your values to your children and fostering great habits in your child.  Have you had a similar experience with your child?  Are any of the books you like to read together good to promote courageous behavior?

Author Tom Weck Reveals Secrets of The Lima Bear Children’s Books in Latest Interview

1_Joe L. Bean_Welcome_150_copyIf there is one thing that we here at Lima Bear press have heard over and over again, it is that kids love to have the Lima Bear Books read to them over and over and over again.  Recently, the  author of the Lima Bear Series, Tom Weck, was interviewed by Rachel Koestler-Grack of Story Monster’s Ink.  In the interview Tom revealed a few secrets about those exciting beans from Beandom and how the Lima Bear Books have come to be.

Secret #1: Why bean-sized bears in Beandom?


When children come into the world, they come into a world that’s sized wrong, it’s sized for adults. Due to their small size, the Lima Bears encounter many of the same obstacles children face, living in an oversized world.

Secret #2: What are the two strict criteria that each Lima Bear Story must have?


The story must be well written and expand a child’s mind in both knowledge and vocabulary. Tom says, “I think young minds are under- estimated in terms of how much they can absorb.”

Secret #3:  What is the author’s favorite child’s reaction to each Lima Bear Book?



Thomas loves to laugh, and all of his stories trigger sidesplitting laughter from children and parents alike. In fact, if the story doesn’t incite an up- roar of hilarity, it won’t go to print.

You can read Tom Weck’s entire interview with Rachel Koestler-Grack at Story Monsters Ink’s December issue.  Tom’s interview starts on page 12.

A New Childrens E-digest, StoryMonstersInk: Great Information For Great Kids Books for Parents, Educators and Kids Alike

storymonstersinkTom Weck, co-author of the Lima Bear Series was interviewed by Story Monsters Ink, for their December edition.  Story Monsters Ink is a free, subscription-based e-digest (magazine, really) that provides parents, teachers, and children with the latest news on book releases, book events, and author profiles. The magazine features reviews by children on children’s books (how cool is that?) and offers regular features including “Conrad’s Corner” (science stuff that kids and parents can both understand) as well as monthly picks of “Monster Approved” books.  It is super colorful, informative and fun.

Tom was excited to be interviewed for the magazine and revealed the backstory of how the Lima Bear Series came to be, how his past of storytelling to his own siblings and then to his own children inspired the series and how his Peace Corp experience helped him develop the rhyming sequences that are a mainstay of each of the Lima Bear Books.  Tom describes the collaboration with his son Peter to bring the tales to life (and publication).  You can read the entire article at the StoryMonstersInk website.  Tom’s interview begins on page 12.

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