When the opportunity was presented to review the book, “Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship: Winning Isn’t Everything”, I was thrilled to jump at the chance.  My son has been going through this stage where he gets very upset if he doesn’t “get to win” any game we are playing.  He always wants to be the winner when we play Candy Land and gets upset if anyone else gets to the Candy Castle first.  If we play memory, he wants to get the most matches or will throw a fit because he didn’t win.  You can see my dilemma here.

My husband and I have tried to explain to him numerous times that you can’t win every time, and it would not be fun for anyone else if he got to win all the time.  We tried to tell him that no one would want to play with him anymore if he won all the time.  He didn’t seem to care about our reasoning, he just wanted to win.  He is 4 after all, but we really wanted him to understand how not to be a sore loser.

The book “Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship” is more about being a good team player, but I thought it would also help my son understand that he cannot win every time, since as the title says, “winning isn’t everything.”

As soon as I started reading this book to my kids, I knew it was going to be a hit.  The book starts out talking about how Howard was winning every competition, game, or event that he participated in, and that Howard got quite upset if he didn’t win.  I could tell my son could relate just by the expressions on his face, lol.  The book then goes on to talk about how being so obsessed with winning was hurting Howard when he tried to play a team sport.  He needed to learn sportsmanship, or he would not be able to play. Howard figured out that being part of a team was just as important as winning!

In addition to the great story about how Howard learned how to be a team player, and not just think only of himself, there are suggestions and lessons right in the appendix of the book showing you how you can use this story to help teach your own kids!

My kids did love the book, and time will tell if it makes a difference in my son’s outlook about winning every darn game we play, but so far so good!

In addition to this great book, there are many more in the Howard B. Wigglebottom series, along with great lessons, posters, games, and more at the wedolisten.org site!  Check it out for yourself!

I am sure this series of books will be a hit in your home too, and the best part, you get a chance to win a book of your choice!  To enter, just visit the wedolisten.org website and select which book you would like to have, then leave me a comment to let me know which one you’d like.  Once you’ve picked, just hit enter on the Rafflecopter form letting me know you completed this.  There are also additional entries for liking facebook and twitter.  Good Luck!


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