"Procrastination is the thief of time."
"Time to Get Started: A Story About Learning to Take Initiative"
Illustrated by Lisa M. Griffin
* Age Range: 5-6 years
* Series: Executive Function ( Book 5 )
* Paperback: 32 pages
* Publisher: Boys Town Press
* Pub. Date: October 22, 2018
* Language: English
About the book
At one time or another we are all guilty of engaging with the notorious time thief known as Procrastination. This book is about taking charge of putting things off until later and substituting it with initiative to get things done ... pronto.
Blake loves spending his time playing video games and having fun. He is supposed to be cleaning his room. Instead he decides to ignore his mother who is beckoning him to do so and keeps right on playing. What's her problem he wonders? Can't she see that he is playing his game and enjoying himself now and that he will clean his room later?
Finally Mom firmly steps in and says, "It's time to get started!" She tells him that she used to be a procrastinator too. She gives him some wise advice about not taking initiative that her father related to her when she was younger.
She shares with him four steps to get him moving forward:
"1. Focus on what needs to get done.
2. Figure out what's stopping you.
3. Come up with a plan to GET STARTED!
4. Ask for help if nothing else works."
Blake implements these steps and voilà... his room is all tidy and clean. Blake discovers he can use this wisdom to help him out at school and to encourage others "get started" too. There are accommodating tips for parents and educators at the end of the book. This is the newest title in the awesome "Executive FUNction" series. The book will launch October 15, 2018 and I highly recommend it and the whole series.
About the author
Bryan Smith has worked in the education field for more than 15 years, first as an elementary school teacher then as a school counselor. He excels at teaching students life skills that will take them far and help them succeed. He is also a popular children's author whose other titles include Kindness Counts, My Day is Ruined! and What Were You Thinking?
Meet the illustrator
Lisa M. Griffin is an illustrator specializing in stories for children.
She spends most days in her cozy New Hampshire studio enjoying a warm cup of tea while sketching and working on picture books.
Lisa has illustrated over a dozen books including her author/illustrator debut, "Hey Goose! What's Your Excuse?". A second book in the series, "Green-Eyed Goose" will debut in August, 2018.
When she isn't creating art, Lisa enjoys reading, yoga, photography, and time with her family.
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