A Calming Manatee is about being beautiful, and more importantly what real beauty is. It is about how it’s more important what you think of yourself than what others think of you. It’s also about how important it is to be kind. The book is aimed at teaching young children about loving themselves and others, and about being kind and not hurtful.
The book is written in the open dyslexic font for struggling and dyslexic readers. The words are simple and will suit an emerging reader, however they are also very powerful and will be perfect to discuss with an older child, or for an older sibling to read to a younger one.
Each page of text has an endearing photo of a manatee on it to capture the attention of the young future marine biologists.
Text from A Calming Manatee
I’m a manatee.
I’m the most calming creature in the sea.
I’ve also been called the ugliest creature in the sea.*
And it’s far more important how I feel about myself;
And how others feel about themselves;
Than how others feel about me!
I know I’m a bit chubby.
But I always have a true smile.
A smile is cute and free.
I know I am calm and caring.
And that’s more important…
Everyone has an opinion.
Make sure yours counts!
And learn to listen to the most important one:
Your opinion of yourself!
Next time before you say something unkind about someone else;
Think about me,
and say something kind instead.
I’m a calming Manatee,
And I’m here,
to help you see,
that you can be,
as kind as me.
About A Calming Manatee
A Calming Manatee was inspired by the need to help inspire children to be kind to each other, and the fact that Manatees are considered both the ugliest and the cutest sea mammal, at the same time. They are also incredibly gentle giants, and their calm exterior, and gentle smile, is mimicked by their friendly vegetarian behavior. Similar in appearance but totally different in behaviour from cousins the elephant seal, the Manatee is truly inspiring. This book is aimed at fostering that same caring, kindness, anti-bullying, non-discrimining behaviour, and respect for inner beauty in young children.
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This is the best book who ever see this plz reply
it was ok
I liked it cause it has beautiful photos
Thanks Marco! I really enjoyed choosing them 🙂
I love the message and the beautiful pictures!
Thanks so much Jacquie! I had fun making it.
This book will helped the children to know about aquatic animals.
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I like to read this book as it’s a true story.
Great artistry, photos and teaching children about life, Very impressed.
I love this book, I’m a English studant and it helps me learn
Great book, very expressive and interesting
Next time make more words in one of your books please?
Hi Zenshin, love your name! It’s almost like my daughters BTW. I do have a couple I have written with more words (see Zenya’s trip to Cape Cross and All about seals), or Mac and Dipper., Danielle
This book is great!
I like to know how it work
Hi Rajani, if you’re asking about the Calming Manatee – how it is calming, I guess just looking at them and reading the story has a calming effect, they are such peaceful graceful animals, in what is dubbed as an ugly outer shell, but I think they are very calming and very beautiful. You can also perhaps try a calming mana-tea – lemon, honey, and strawberry with hot water….;-) Danielle
i like this book because the sea animals are so cool!!
Reply from Danielle (editor and author) Thanks Vidhun!!! I love the Manatees too, they are so cool, they’re vegetarians did you know?
So good! Really enjoyed the book.
Great informative book for children.
very cute 🙂
The book was extremely informative and had a great message
the story is..wow
Many thanks for the cute book, me and Dania read it and enjoyed the little story…
I love the message
I think the manatees are really cute! I like the message too.
I’d love to hear from early years teachers out there on what they think for teaching young children values, it can probably be improved for sure.