Using the classic model of the Ken Blanchard/Spencer Johnson-style
business fable and adapting it to younger audiences, Debra Slover
has created a sweetly illustrated book that empowers children,
steers them toward positive patterning, and shows each child how to
plant and nurture the seeds of good leadership while ridding their
metaphorical gardens of the "weeds" (negative qualities that can
harm children's self-esteem). Debra Slover teaches children to
sprout, grow, and nurture their leader within by developing
positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. For educators, kids,
parents, and grandparents, U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids facilitates positive
change in homes, schools, and beyond. --Don Young, retired
elementary school principal The main character, a sheep named Hugh,
suffers from low self-esteem, stemming from an environment where he
was often criticized and never appreciated. When he stumbles into
Leadership Farm, where a more open and loving way of being is the
norm, he learns from human farm staffers Leda and Aristotle, as
well as other animals like Annabelle the dog, Blossom the cow, and
Robert the rooster, how to develop his own leadership qualities,
and how to tend his own Leadership Garden. A central mnemonic is
the acronym, U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Understanding, Nurturing, Inventive,
Quality, Unstoppable, Expression. Taking one letter at a time,
Slover walks the reader through creating and encouraging the
life-affirming, esteem-building, leadership skills characteristic,
and harnessing the six qualities together to form a "Leadership
Garden Legacy" based on mutual respect, cooperation, teamwork, and
other values. Kids who've been bullied may respond especially well.
U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids is designed as a learning aid with the active
participation of grownups who can read the book with a child (8-12)
and provide mentoring and reinforcement in its concepts.
Grandparents particularly enjoy using the book as a way to take an
active role in developing their grandchildren's leadership
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