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How to Make a Shark Smile: How a Positive Mindset Spreads Happiness
Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson | Pictures by Claudia Ranucci
Little Pickle Press / Hardcover / 2020-02-01 / 149269472X
Children's Books / Self Esteem
price: $24.99
40 pages
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"[How to Make a Shark Smile] teaches that a gesture as simple as a smile can have a profound effect on others."—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home

A story about choosing happiness and the ripple effect of a positive mindset. Includes seven happiness exercises at the back of the book to encourage kids to fit them in every single day!

Ripple the dolphin just moved to a new aquarium and is excited to make some friends! But as she swims around, she notices the water is still and quiet. The eels have no zing. The neon fishes don't glow. The seahorses aren't horsing around. Everyone's too afraid of a mean shark named Snark!

Ripple is determined to show her new friends that they shouldn't be afraid—it's all about mindset. They can choose to be happy!

But just as the aquarium begins to liven up, Snark the shark shows up ready to prove Ripple wrong. Can Ripple get Snark to smile too?

Bestselling authors and happiness experts Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson invite you to dive in and learn how you can spread joy to those around you with Ripple and her friends.

Perfect for:
• Parents who want to introduce their children to a positive mindset, help them build self-confidence, and set them up for personal and professional success
• Educators and librarians who need a funny, engaging picture book to include in their growth mindset curriculum and collections


"Teaching young children to use the power of positive thinking shows them that they have more control over their environment than they realize." - Amy Blankson from "PBS Parents: Raising a Positive Child in a Negative World"

"How to Make a Shark Smile is a sweet and inventive take on thwarting a bully. Ripple's good nature and quick wits make this a fun and helpful read for anyone who's had to deal with a 'Snark.'" - Nancy Coffelt, author/illustrator of Aunt Ant Leaves Through the Leaves

"How to Make a Shark Smile teaches kids that it's never too soon to learn about the power of a smile, and that facing fear with friendliness could turn a bully into a buddy" - Cristina Kessler, author of The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela

"A compelling and age-appropriate story on the mechanics of a positive mindset." - School Library Journal

"Children would have fun adopting Ripple's game to try and make one another smile. This is a story of inclusion and could be used as a read-aloud to accompany discussions about bullying." - School Library Connection

About the Authors:

Shawn Achor spent over a decade at Harvard University studying the principles of happiness before penning the international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage. He is also the founder of Good Think. To teach his happiness principles to younger readers, he collaborated with his sister, Amy Blankson, to write Ripple's Effect.

Amy Blankson is a positive leadership consultant and among her many achievements, has been named a Point of Light by Presidents Bush and Clinton. As a mother of three, she hopes Ripple's Effect will inspire young people to make a positive difference in their world.

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