Remember early grade school? It can be hard to make friends, especially if you’re shy. In Outside the Circle, a new, middle-grade children’s book by Arlene Lagos, Emma faces that challenge. She has a big opportunity, but needs friends to help her take on the task. The book explores how she overcomes her fears and makes new friends in the process:
Why did you write this book?
I wrote Outside the Circle with my eight-year old-daughter. The emphasis was on fears kids have at school. This one centered around recess — one of the few times in the day where a kid can feel completely outnumbered.
Do you focus only on friendship?
Many subjects are touched upon in this book: include bullying, courage, friendship, fear, communication, reading directions, problem-solving, teamwork, the importance of family, understanding the needs of the elderly, cultural diversity, and alternative energy!
That may sound like a lot to put in a book, but if you really think about how much information a child observes in just a year, its not really that shocking at all.
What have you gotten from writing Outside the Circle?
This book was an inspiration for me because it allowed me to really bond with my daughter and see the world through her eyes.
Thanks Arlene! Outside the Circles a great way for parents to open the lines of communication with their child about the things they might be experiencing at school.
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Arlene-Lagos/e/B00DH829PQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1