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Win or Lose, I Love You! (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 32
 
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4.5/ 5


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An entertaining book with a moral.

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There are lost of extra pages with writing for the parent, so if your kids is the type who wants every single word read that may be a bit irritating.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“You may not win, but you must try. Sometimes you’ll lose, but there’s no need to cry.” Lysa Terkeurst delivers an animal-filled story that is both engaging and educational at the same time. As you might have guessed from the title, Win or Lose I Love You! is all about learning how to participate in […]

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Posted October 26, 2015 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

“You may not win, but you must try. Sometimes you’ll lose, but there’s no need to cry.”

Lysa Terkeurst delivers an animal-filled story that is both engaging and educational at the same time. As you might have guessed from the title, Win or Lose I Love You! is all about learning how to participate in competitions of all sorts without being a poor sport. Whether your kids are winners who need to learn how to handle victories graciously, or just can’t handle losing, the book approaches the problem in a way kids can understand.

The stars of the book are Lulu and Max. They are best friends who are always up for a new adventure. Today, they are off to direct the field games that their animal friends are competing in, and there are problems right from the start. When Coyote wins the costume contest, he’s a little too exuberant in celebrating his win – and Goosey throws a fit about not being the winner herself. Problems strike again when Goosey wins the race that Coyote thought he was a shoo-in for, and let’s just say Coyote does not handle the loss well.

Each time the animals have troubles with winning and losing, Lulu gives them a pep talk on how to be a good sport, and lets them know the right way to act with a catchy little rhyme, “You may not win, but you must try. Sometimes you’ll lose, but there’s no need to cry. Win or lose, one thing that’s true – no matter what, I love you!” With a little talking and a lot of practice, the animals learn how to be great sports, and there’s even a fun picnic and a surprise winner to the day’s festivities. Everyone ends the day on a happy note and a familiar rhyme.

Though it does focus on learning how to be a good sport, the book itself is also entertaining as a fun read about animal friends. My child testers were very into the story, right from the start, and the colorful illustrations gave them something fun to look at while we read. The author provides some bible verses at the end of the book for parents who would like to focus on those values, but they aren’t included within the story itself. Win or Lose, I Love You! is a good choice for parents who want to instill the value of being a good sport and helping out your friends.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)