October 6, 2015

The Value of Good Sportsmanship: Win or Lose, I Love You! by Lysa TerKeurst Children's Book Review and GIVEAWAY

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I love books that have a moral to the story, ones that teach children important life lessons. Win or Lose, I Love You! is definitely one of those books. We live in a society that has a tendency to put a lot of emphasis on winning, so it is vital to teach our children to not overlook what's really important and that losing doesn't determine a person's value.

 Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. –  Philippians 2:3-4 



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Every child experiences the highs of winning and the lows of losing, and both scenarios can be tricky for parents and children to navigate. Win or Lose, I Love You! will show your child that no matter what, their value is tied to who they are, not how they play! Competition can bring out the worst in us, but it can also be an opportunity to learn impactful life lessons. That’s why it’s so important for kids to understand how to handle winning and losing! Join Lulu and Max as they help Bear-Bear, Goosey, Coyote and the rest of their animal friends in the Field Day contests determine who will be the leader of Lulu’s forest. But as the animals soon find out, not everyone can win. Sore losers, unkind winners, flaring tempers, and a few tears are taking the fun straight out of Field Day!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes. She is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.


God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble James 4:6


Teaching children how to show good sportsmanship

Throughout the book we follow Lulu, Max, and all of their woodland friends as they gear up for Field Day. During the competition, some of the animals lose sight of the importance of getting together and having fun with friends, but one of them doesn't forget. He does whatever it takes to lead the group and encourage them throughout, reminding them that there's more to life than winning.



There are many values to be learned in this book:
  • Good sportsmanship is important. Always be happy for others who may win, even if you haven't.
  • Winning isn't everything and losing doesn't change who you are or how people feel about you.
  • It is important to look at things with a glass half-full attitude – seeing the many blessings around us.
  • Always be fair to others and offer encouragement.
  • Love is unconditional

      Offer Encouragement. Love is Unconditional
    Whimsical illustrations of Lulu and Max with 
    their woodland creature friends in the forest.


    This book is a true gem! There's even a list of related Biblical scriptures (10 Biblical Words of Wisdom Whether You Win or Lose) in the back of the book to offer even more encouragement. Win or Lose, I Love You! offers a fun way for children to learn about the important lessons of good sportsmanship and keeping a positive mind-set, no matter what.

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    31 comments:

    ashley alderink said...

    give lots of hugs and kisses. and letting them know how much you love them every day

    ColleenMarie Inman said...

    I think you can help teach kids by example.

    ann said...

    I'm a teacher and I like to have the students role play scenarios in order to practice and understand good sportsmanship.

    Kelly Ann said...

    Definitely! We are all about the hugs, kisses, and making sure we say I love you, everyday, in our home! :-)

    Kelly Ann said...

    Great point, Colleen! Especially since little ones love to emulate their parent's behavior.

    Kelly Ann said...

    I love this idea, Ann! This can really give children a chance to learn empathy and what it's like to be in the other person's shoes.

    Amanda C. said...

    My oldest plays baseball and I always tell him that he needs to try his hardest and it isn't the end of the world if he loses. All that matters is if he tries and he doesn't leave his team behind :)

    Kelly Ann said...

    Fantastic advice, Amanda! What a wonderful way to offer encouragement to your son. :-)

    Cara said...

    I believe using positive words and encouragement goes a long way.

    Kelly Ann said...

    I agree! It sure does! :-)

    Jennifer Astemborski Pierce said...

    My son plays tykes football and they respond so much better to positive reinforcement and that it is okay if they win or lose as long as they have fun doing it.

    Kelly Ann said...

    That's wonderful! Positive reinforcement is such a great motivator!

    BeABelieverIn(0r b.g.) said...

    First and foremost it is National Bully Prevention month so I strongly believe in this book's message to be happy. They say, love don't judge. Which to me means showing kids they can be authentic and share joy with others instead of being vile. I lead by example so they see what it means to celebrate our similarities in a healthy way.

    puppylov3808 said...

    I absolutely love smoothies! I have one for breakfast about 3 times a week!

    Julie Waldron said...

    Encourage them and be there for them.

    Kelly Ann said...

    Definitely!

    Kelly Ann said...

    That's awesome! You would probably love this book!

    Kelly Ann said...

    I love this! It's so important to set an example of being positive and teaching children that there's nothing wrong with doing so (and to also be themselves).

    Julie Lundstrom said...

    Talking with them letting them know that it's ok to win or to lose. For my son who has autism reading a book like this is a good way to help get the message across. Reading or watching a movie or video is how he learns best.

    Kelly said...

    I agree, Julie! Reading is a wonderful way for children to learn about life's important lessons.

    stephanie said...

    i try to stay positive and teach them to be happy

    Kelly said...

    Awesome! A positive outlook is so important to hold onto throughout life.

    rochelle33 said...

    Looking good like to try this

    Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

    There's a lot of great smoothie recipes in this book!

    rochelle33 said...

    Looking good like to try this

    Julie Waldron said...

    My daughter loves making smoothies, she would love a book like this.

    Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

    It has a lot of neat recipes to try!

    rochelle33 said...

    Looking good like to try this

    Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

    Hope you enjoy! :-)

    Karen R. Propes said...

    Love to get this, It's hard to think of good things to put in smoothies. This would be the perfect guide.

    Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

    Thank you for your comment, Karen. This book offers a lot of great ideas for smoothies. :-)

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