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If Winning Isn't Everything, Why Do I Hate to Lose?: A Story about Displaying Good Sportsmanship by [Bryan Smith, Brian Martin]

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If Winning Isn't Everything, Why Do I Hate to Lose?: A Story about Displaying Good Sportsmanship Kindle Edition

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A great basketball-themed book packed with valuable life lessons that parents felt would be perfect item for any child! Testers loved that the athlete/main character is a girl. This soft-cover book appealed to boys and girls and delves into an important message about winning and how to be a good sport. Brian Martin s illustrations are beautiful and appealing and almost appear to be in 3D. The story follows a young girl through various scenarios where she is competing with other people. It demonstrates her selfish, conniving and egotistical ways. But as the story unfolds, it demonstrates how that makes other people feel and ultimately shows ways to solve it, the results being making better decisions and treating people as she would wanted to be treated. Ah, it always comes back to the Golden Rule. Reviewers felt that this would be a great tool for teachers to use in class, for coaches to use for a team or for parents to teach at home. --National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Winner, Spring 2016

...a great self teaching book about the true value of sportsmanship for kids, girls and boys. Kelsey is a competitive girl who wants to win at any game, at any cost. Her basketball coach reminds her of the importance of her team's promises when she cheats against another player, pulling her hair to make her miss a basket. Her coach explains that displaying sportsmanship means not cheating and winning and losing with class, and also learning from mistakes. Actually, Kelsey likes to call it sportsgirlship, but she does eventually learn that "if you cheat, you never know if you would have won fair and square." Kelsey learns that although she does need to learn to try her hardest, she also needs to learn to say "Good game!" and shake the winner's hand. Kelsey has many more experiences learning how to keep the Lady Leopards' Team Promises, which are: "Work hard, make sure we have good 'sportsgirlship,' and learn from our mistakes." The closing pages of this handy sportsgirlship guide has Tips for Parents and Educators to help encourage good sportsmanship, and other corollaries of the Golden Rule. --The Sports Shelf, Children's Bookwatch

Page after page, the author and artist have combined to stress the important point: There is more to a game or any competition just to be the winner. There is also an answer to a reaction to losing at times...The entire book leaves a positive message for anyone participating in a sport or any competition. --M.G. Paregian, Publisher
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Bryan Smith is a school counselor and a former elementary school teacher. He teaches students life skills to help them deal with difficult issues and succeed at school. He is also the author of Is There an App for That? children's book and Activity Guide. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07RL3TPM1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Boys Town Press (May 6, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 6, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 17037 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 134 ratings

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Hello. My name is Bryan Smith. I was born and raised in Texas. I have been in elementary education for the past 22 years. The last 17 years have been spent as an elementary school counselor. During this time, I have seen many behaviors from children I wanted to see changed. Examples include changing yourself to fit in, children controlling their impulses, and bad sportsmanship. I decided to write books address these issues in a humorous way. I am so grateful to get to work with children every day. I have been married for 20 years and have two wonderful boys. I spend much of my time coaching their sports! I hope you enjoy my books and thank you for your support.

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