Holiday Gift Guide * Gus’s Fortunate Misfortune by Susan Pepka & Joseph Cowman
Things don’t always go the way we want or expect. Each of us must learn to look within, not quit, to go on, and make the best of things. Courage and determination brings maximum success.
Book: Gus’s Fortunate Misfortune
Author: Susan Pepka
Illustrator: Joseph Cowman
Hardcover: 62 pages
Publisher: Full Cycye Publications (2019)
Genre: Juvenile fiction
Ages: 6-8; grades 1-3
Everyone has faced a Very Bad Day, but oftentimes it?s your response to these negative circumstances that has the largest impact on you, those around you, and how easily you?re able to overcome the adversity and successfully resolve the challenges in front of you.
In her release, Gus? Fortunate Misfortune, teacher, business owner, mother and grandmother, Susan Pepka takes young readers on an exciting journey as they follow an ordinary mouse named Gus on a quest to find a way to turn his Very Bad Day into a Hopeful New Beginning.
Following a series of unfortunate events, Gus finds himself trapped, separated from his family, and transported far from home. Alone and frightened, the young mouse must confront his deepest fears. Using his wits, Gus solves problems and makes discoveries. Adapting to his new surroundings, Gus receives help from an unexpected friend, as each trial brings a new lesson. But will Gus ultimately succeed? Will he find what he’s truly looking for?
Gus? Fortunate Misfortune also offers a child-friendly introduction to Buddhist teachings, and how they emphasize compassion, patience, kindness, and consideration for others.
Both charming and inspirational, Gus?s Fortunate Misfortune addresses:
The ways in which we face challenging circumstances can define us
How to best show empathy for others facing difficult situations
Everyone sees the world through a different perspective, and how to see a situation through the eyes of another
The effects of bullying on a child?s confidence, and how to restore self-worth by conquering adversity
The ways in which generosity of spirit has a unifying effect
Everyone faces fear from time-to-time ? how we react can either hurt or heal
The importance of community in our lives
Appreciating those different from you
Finding happiness through Buddhism in a sweet and playful manner
And much more
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