children's bookBy Greta Jenkins

This children’s book, Normal Nina and the Magic Box, by Ian Sadler and illustrated by Adrienne Brown, helps kids learn they are special just by being themselves. Nina starts out in the book thinking normal is boring.  She wants to be different.  She wants to be noticed by her friends and do something amazing.

Then through a series of wishes granted to her by Jack the Amazing Genie. Nina discovers that wishes might not work out quite the way she hoped. In fact, they made her life more difficult rather than better. She realizes, ” What I am is what counts. And not what I lack”.

What is Normal?

The book is delightfully illustrated,  the writing is fast paced and it keeps kids engaged. A four-year-old reader when asked what she would wish for, said, “the beautiful genie’s house in the book”.  Our eight-year-old reader said, “normal is whatever you are”.

Normal Nina and the Magic Box comes with Normal Nina Group and Individual Activities for home or classroom to help you engage children in discussions.  What wish would they make to change their lives? What would they wish for others? Ways to acknowledge what is amazing about them already. Discuss what normal” is.  It offers suggestions about how to apply these to real-life experiences, like what to do to help make a new classmate feel welcomed.  More about the book and activities at NormalNina.com .

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Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz, -Childrens' Books and Movie Section, is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle-grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE,(Yotzeret Publishing) is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and movies and has contributed to numerous print and online publications. She also teaches writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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https://imgsub.familiesonlinemagazine.com/uploads/2016/05/normal-nina.pnghttps://imgsub.familiesonlinemagazine.com/uploads/2016/05/normal-nina-150x150.pngBarbara BietzBook ReviewsActivities for Kids,Book Reviews,Children's Book Review,Emotional and Social Well-being,LifestyleBy Greta JenkinsThis children's book, Normal Nina and the Magic Box, by Ian Sadler and illustrated by Adrienne Brown, helps kids learn they are special just by being themselves. Nina starts out in the book thinking normal is boring.  She wants to be different.  She wants to be noticed by her friends...Parenting Advice| Family Fun Activities for Kids