Wise Heart Books is a socially conscious company designed by educators, parents, and artists to create books and educational materials that nurture the whole child: body, mind and spirit. Each book contains an important message for children, such as building a strong and healthy body or cultivating positive thoughts and habits, or developing love for oneself and the world around them.
In addition to inspiring and educating readers, every sale of a Wise Heart Book generates funding for our Ilori Children’s Educational Program in La Carpio. Last week, we held a day-long playshop, using two Wise Heart Books from the Smart Values Series: Annie the Ant and Manny the Mouse.
The Smart Values Series is a collection of five delightful stories that help children understand the positive and transformative nature of good values. Each story describes how certain values – such as generosity, cleanliness, and honesty – can change us for the better.
Annie the Ant is having a hard time watching over her friends, Lazy and Hasty. Lazy never wants to work hard like the other ants in the colony, and Hasty is always getting into trouble because she always leaps before she thinks. When Annie and her friends are endangered by a cat, the two wayward ants have a chance to change themselves and save the day.
The kids read Annie the Ant together, followed by a facilitated group discussion about the values of hard work, patience, and cooperation. In order to make sure the kids understood the message, they were asked to re-create the story as a drama and did some accompanying art work.
About Manny the Mouse:
After losing his tail to the baker’s cat, Manny the mouse quickly learns the consequences of stealing flour from the bakery. In this delightful and twisted tale of a tail, the mouse learns the importance of respecting what belongs to others.
The kids read Manny the Mouse together, followed by a facilitated group discussion about why stealing is wrong. They played “pin the tail” on Manny the Mouse and filled out some coloring books of Manny and the other characters.
Other books in the Smart Values Series include:
The Magic Bucket
The Wise Woman of the Mountain
Buying Wise Heart Books is not just a long-lasting gift to your children or grand children, but a tangible way to support our Ilori Children’s Educational Programs in La Carpio: http://wiseheartbooks.com
Thank you again for all your support!