💛Mrs. Good Choice’s Blackberry Review: TURTLE CROSSING💛

Hi Friends,

As a former educator and now children’s author, I am passionate about promoting literacy, overall education, and the fundamental joys of entertaining children. I have agreed to participate with other authors around the world to post reviews of inspiring picture books for Blackberry Book Tours located in the UK.

This weeks review is TURTLE CROSSING by Malve von Hassell.

Oliver, a young turtle, experiences his family moving to a new home. His refusal to move, places him on a long lonely journey filled with obstacles.

Children will fall in love with young Oliver and discover that Oliver’s choices become harder than he ever imagined.

This heartfelt story with delightful illustrations is a fun family read, especially for families anticipating a move of their own.

Begin Fascinating Facts Friday with Help from💛Mrs. Good Choice💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

First off, I need to apologize for the long time frame between posts. I have been busy finishing an early chapter book series for young readers and beginning a middle school chapter book. I also work two part time jobs, one in an elementary school helping children with reading skills and the other, I am a Clinical Supervisor helping Student Teachers perfect their skills.

With that said, I hope that many of you have incorporated Mannerly Monday, Thoughtful Tuesday, Witty Wednesday, and Thematic Thursday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Fascinating Facts Friday to round out the week. I remember when I was a child, my younger brother hated to read books.  The only books he ever showed interest in were books that discussed World Records. He would constantly rattle off facts to us out of the blue. My parents were happy that he at least was reading something.

Kids love interesting facts. Our world is full of amazing facts. A great place to start is by exploring books from your child’s school library and public library.  There are many web sites to explore with your children.  Here are just a few:

Cool Kid Facts     https://www.coolkidfacts.com                                                                                   Fun Science Facts for Kids     http://www.sciencekids.co.nz                                                      Weird But True     https://kids.nationalgeographic.com

In my own research, I came across the following list of facts about some very famous books that you have probably already read to your children.

Here are 16 fun facts about your favorite children’s books:
1. On Market Street
Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel’s most famous characters, make a surprise appearance in another of his books, “On Market Street.” Look for them on the “T” page, hiding in plain sight as hand puppets.

2. The Cat in the Hat
It was born out of Dr. Seuss’s desire to find a more compelling way to teach kids basic reading skills, according to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial.

Goodnight Moon
3. Look for the mouse that appears on each page, and notice that the clock slowly changes from 7:10 to 8:10 as the book progresses. Another Margaret Wise Brown book, “The Runaway Bunny,” appears as an open book on the bookshelf in the background. Speaking of Margaret Wise Brown, she didn’t have any children when she died at the age of 42, so she left the rights to “Goodnight Moon” to her young neighbor, according to Mental Floss.

4. Clifford the Big Red Dog
The titular character of this classic children’s book series was almost named Tiny. Author Norman Bridwell changed the name after a suggestion from his wife, according to Scholastic.

5. Where the Wild Things Are
When Maurice Sendak was illustrating a book about horses, he realized he wasn’t very good at drawing them. Instead, he turned them into strange beasts. The book became “Where the Wild Things Are,” the Caldecott Medal award-winning children’s book.

6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter’s manuscript was rejected by publishers six times. Potter was determined to see her book in print and self-published 250 copies. Since then, it has sold more than 45 million copies.

7. Henry Huggins
After she realized that all of her characters in “Henry Huggins” were only children, Beverly Cleary, according to her website, added in Ramona as Beezus’ little sister. Ramona ended up as one of Cleary’s most famous and beloved characters.

8. Nancy Drew
The famous girl detective Nancy Drew might have been known by a different name. In the early stages of the series, the publisher considered naming her Stella Strong, Nan Nelson or Diana Dare, says January magazine.

9. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss bet his publisher $50 that he could write a book using 50 words or less. He won, according to CNN, after creating “Green Eggs and Ham,” which contains exactly 50 words.

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Since it was first published in 1969, Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” has sold a copy a minute, according to Mental Floss.

11. The Outsiders
When she was just 17, S.E. Hinton saw her book “The Outsiders” go to print.

12. The Polar Express
Keep your eyes open to find a white bull terrier in Chris Van Allsburg’s books, including “The Polar Express” and “Jumanji.” The dog is based on Winston, his brother-in-law’s white dog, says his website.

13. The Night Before Christmas
According to St. Nicholas Center, Clement Clarke Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” gave the world a modern description of Santa Claus: plump, bearded and the owner of eight reindeer.

14. The Phantom Tollbooth
None of the illustrations actually show the main character Milo in a tollbooth.

15. Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll’s classic introduced new words into the English language, including mimsy, chortle and jabberwocky, according to the Oxford Dictionaries.

16. Curious George
The authors of Curious George were forced to flee Paris during World War II’s German occupation, according to the New York Times. They weren’t able to carry much, but one thing made it into their suitcase: the original Curious George manuscript.Your child’s school library or the public library have numerous fact books to check out. I remember as a child, my brother hated to read books. But he loved books with World Records. He was always quoting us facts.

Children love to research new topics. When they are looking up facts, they are not only reading but learning in the process.  Hope you enjoy your family time together.

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                                Author

Begin Thematic Thursdays with Help from 💙Mrs. Good Choice💙

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

I hope that many of you have incorporated Mannerly Monday, Thoughtful Tuesday, and Witty Wednesday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Thematic Thursday into your child’s week. Where do I begin, you may ask yourself? It is very simple … ask your child! All children have different interests. This is the time to zone in and teach children about things they already love. It all begins through great conversations with your children. Listen to what your child has to say.

The age of your child is a big factor in choosing the correct Thursday theme. Here are 10 great preschool age children themes to help you get started: Alphabet, Numbers, Animals, Colors, Nursery Rhymes, Days of the Week, Four Seasons, Type of Transportation, Community Helpers.

Incorporating Thematic Thursday is a great way to help children master and generalize different skills they may not learn any where else. It also immerses children with new vocabulary and concepts.

For older children, themes come in many categories … math, science, reading, writing, drawing, dramatic play, history, geography, music, cooking, photography and so many more.

The first step is finding the theme that interests your child best.
The second step is planning the activities within the theme. Today it is easy to plan activities through the help of google and pinterest.

For example:

If a child is interested in Space, the total Solar Eclipse will be taking place August 21, 2017. This would be a great time to teach them important facts about space and allow them to create a model of the solar system. Ask them to demonstrate a model of the Solar Eclipse. Children remember best when they use all five of their senses to learn. As a family you could bake Solar Eclipse Cookies.  Don’t forget to go outside and watch the Solar Eclipse together.

If your child is a planner … ask them to help you plan next weeks dinner menu. Allow them to grocery shop with you and also teach them about staying on a budget.

If your child loves music … teach them about the different instruments that make the great sound.

Parents,  learn to think outside the box. Children’s minds are amazing! You are their first teacher … Have Fun spending quality time together with Thematic Thursdays.

Fascinating Facts Fridays ideas coming soon😊

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                      Author

Begin Witty Wednesdays with Help from 💙Mrs. Good Choice💙

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

I hope that many of you incorporated Mannerly Monday and Thoughtful Tuesday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Witty Wednesday to your week. How often have you heard the old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?” Laughter and smiles are a universal language. It doesn’t matter if people don’t even speak the same language, a smile can mean so much to another person. I have experienced this, personally.

Our son and daughter-in-laws’s wedding and reception come to my mind. My daughter-in-law’s parents are Chinese and do not speak English. My husband and I could not speak their language, but this did not stop us from communicating with them through smiles and laughter.

Research shows that people who laugh a lot often live very long lives. Think about all of the old comedians, actors and actresses: George Burns, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny and many more. Several of them lived to be in their 80’s,90’s and even 100. Now I am showing my age! (giggle …giggle!)

So, how can you incorporate Witty Wednesday into your household or classroom. Begin by introducing your children to funny tongue twisters! They are silly and often don’t make a lot of sense, but they can definitely help a child practice pronunciation:

Easy Tongue Twisters
– We saw a saw which is made of a big see-saw!
– The show had a shocking showstopper who saved the show!
– Row the row-boat through the river rarely making a row
– Popcorn popped with a loud pop and Poppy heard the pop!
– Wide way was full of weeds and weeds filled the wide way
– Wrap the rope with rapper
– Jill and Jilly ate some jelly and Jill loved jelly than Jilly loved jelly
– Chuck checked the chalk and Chuck choked on the chalk
– I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
– I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.

Medium Tongue Twisters
– Fuzzy Wuzzy 
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?

– Can you can a can 
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

– I have got a date 
I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.

– Two witches, two watches 
If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

Difficult Tongue Twisters
Betty Botter 
Betty Botter had some butter. “But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter. If I bake this bitter butter, it would make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter – that would make my batter better.”
So, she bought a bit of butter, better than her bitter butter, and she baked it in her batter, and the batter was not bitter. So ’twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.

Doctor doctoring 
When a doctor doctors a doctor, does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor?

Tongue twisters help to improve the speaking abilities of the child and help to develop a clear and perfect pronunciation. They come to understand the nuances of language, say, the difference between similar vowel sounds, different meaning of same-sounding words etc. They will learn the language through fun and play. So give it a try!

Another way of having fun on Witty Wednesday is by teaching your children fun riddles and jokes. As an elementary principal, every morning, at the end of my daily announcements over the loud speaker, I told a joke of the day. My students loved to hear the jokes.

You could hear laughter in the hallways coming from classrooms. My kindergarten teachers told me that most of the time their students didn’t understand a joke … but they laughed anyway.

I learned that some children do not like to read and visit the library. However, after incorporating ‘joke of the day’ into our daily routine, children who didn’t care for reading began to check joke books out of the school library. Our school librarian was amazed! Many children would stop me in the hall to ask me to share a joke they found through their own reading. Children were reading, but having fun in the process.

Play silly games with your children. Something simple such as I Spy with My Little Eye or memory games, eg. I am going to Arizona and taking an apple.

The key to Witty Wednesday is just have FUN with your children!

Thematic Thursday ideas coming soon😊

💛Blessings until next time,💛
Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                Children’s Author

Begin Thoughtful Tuesdays with Help from 💛Mrs. Good Choice💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choichttps://mrsgoodchoice.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/picture-of-school-children.jpg?w=2924es. She now wants to help YOU! 

I hope that many of you incorporated Mannerly Monday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Thoughtful Tuesday to your week. It is important that we are raising selfless children in today’s world. What better way to remind them to put others first than by reminding them on a weekly basis.

Begin by teaching children the meaning of being thoughtful. The word thoughtful is an adjective that means showing consideration for others. Talk with your children, get their ideas about whom would benefit by having something nice done for them. Their ideas will amaze you!

As adults, it is our job to be role models. When you are completing thoughtful deeds for others, talk to your children about it. Show them in a concrete way what you are trying to teach them. If thoughtfulness is part of your routine, then children are more likely to pick up the habit.
Here are 10 easy ideas to help kick start Thoughtful Tuesday:
1. Do a chore for someone without their knowledge
2. Bake something with your child and share with a neighbor
3. Write a nice note and leave it in a library book for someone to find
4. Send a homemade card to a relative
5. Pick up litter at school or in your community
6. Volunteer together at an animal shelter
7. Make and deliver pictures or cards to a senior center
8. Donate to a charity of your choice
9. Hide nice notes around the house for family members to find
10. Make a fun craft and give it to someone you care about

Have fun and good luck!
Witty Wednesday ideas coming soon😊

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S


Begin Mannerly Mondays with Help from💛 Mrs. Good Choice 💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

💛2016 is finished and 2017 is underway! It is a great time to begin new routines and projects with your children. A fun way to begin is to label each day of the week with a particular title. In the coming months, I will be sharing ideas on how to make this happen.💛

Let’s begin with Mannerly Monday.
We, as adults, know it is important to remind our children to use their manners every day. Older children need to see us model good manners and they depend on us to teach them to do the same. Younger children enjoy playing games and having special things happen in their lives. A great way to begin is by introducing Mannerly Monday in your home or classroom. It is a wonderful way to teach some of the most important manners needed for a lifetime and children will consider it a new, fun game.

Teach children to say:
Please; thank you; you’re welcome; yes, Ma’am; no, Ma’am; yes, Sir;  no, Sir; excuse me.

Mannerly Monday would be a good day to teach children about important table manners:
To place their napkin on their lap before they eat, to keep their elbows off the table, to chew food with their mouth closed, and to wait for everyone at the table to have their food before eating.

It is a great way to teach boys the manners they will need to help them become kind gentlemen:
To show them how to hold open doors for ladies (and anyone, really) to teach them when they are riding in an elevator and the door opens … that it is polite to let ladies and their obvious elders leave the elevator first. Model for them how to help a woman with her coat. Can you imagine the expression on the face of an older woman when a seven- or eight-year-old boy asks them if they would like help with their coat?

My dad taught my husband something I found interesting. When a man is walking on a sidewalk or side of a road with a woman, the man should be on the outside of the sidewalk closest to the road. This is a very old tradition that shows that the man is protecting the woman from traffic or other danger. Neither Steve nor I had ever heard of this tradition. I found it very sweet and something to pass on to our youth!
I hope you make Mannerly Monday one of your 2017 resolutions. The possibilities for teaching opportunities are endless! My best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, (and mannerly) New Year!
If I can help you in any way, please contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.
Would love to hear about your own Mannerly Monday experiences

Thoughtful Tuesday ideas coming soon💛

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S

Teach your Children to Count their BLESSINGS with Help from💜Mrs. Good Choice💜

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices.  She now wants to help YOU!


As we enter into the holiday season, it is so important to Count our BLESSINGS and to teach our children to do the same! I have so much to be thankful for each and every day. First of all I am thankful for my wonderful parents, who have taught me to work hard and never give up on my dreams. Although we will not get to celebrate Thanksgiving together this year, I will be visiting them in the near future.

My life is totally complete because of my husband, Steve. He is the most caring, thoughtful, and supportive husband a wife could only dream of marrying. Along with my sweet husband I gained a smart, funny, hard working son named Fred. In 2014 our family was blessed with our sweet daughter in law, Shu. I am also blessed with many wonderful friends and relatives and a great church family.

It is not the material things in life that matter, but the relationships we build. I learned this at a very young age. It is my life dream, to help children in today’s world learn to build positive relationships.  I encourage you to teach your children to appreciate what is most important in their lives.

“Where do I start?” you may ask. You are your child’s first role model. It begins with your own actions. Examine how you, yourself treat others. Children learn from what they see and hear. Teach children manners. It is important to say thank you and show others that they are appreciated.

I realize we live in a digital world, but sending thank you notes and letters of appreciation is still a great way to show thankfulness. Adults don’t care if the note has misspelled words or incorrect grammar. Young children can draw a picture to show their thanks. It is the thought that matters.

Volunteer in your community and take your children along with you. Many food pantries, animal shelters, and other organizations need help this time of year. It is important to teach children that many people are not as fortunate as they may be.

Begin a daily or weekly way of discussing things you are most thankful for in your life. For example, at dinner time each person needs to share something they are thankful for about their day.   Create a Family Grateful Jar. When someone has something special they are thankful for, they write it down or draw a picture and place it in the jar. Start a family tradition and share the jar contents on the same day each week.

We do live in a fast pace world. However, I encourage you to slow down and teach your children the important things in life.

Count your BLESSINGS one by one.
At the end of the day …
When it has all been done.
Life will be easier …wait and see.
Being THANKFUL is the KEY!

Until next time,


Dawn Young Ed.S


Mrs. Good Choice is Following her DREAMS

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make good choices.  She now wants to HELP YOU!


It has been quite awhile since I have blogged.  Although you have not heard from me in writing … I have been out trying to make the world a better place.

I have always been a believer in following my dreams and not giving up due to any circumstances that may come my way.  That is what I have been doing, following my dreams.  In April 2015 my own memoir was published, “My World of Light and Love … by Dawn”.

Since then, I have been traveling and sharing my own journey of being born with a visual disability.  I have been visiting clubs, organizations, women’s groups, churches, schools, and residential homes encouraging others to never give up on their own dream … no matter their own circumstances.

However, I continue on my Mrs. Good Choice journey with children as well.  Overwhelmed at times, I feel like a chicken with my head cut off!  In the midst of all of it, I have committed to help teach reading to kindergarten through fourth-grade students two days a week.

So with all of this said, I am praying that I am led in the direction in which I need to go in order to influence and encourage others to follow their dreams.  Please never allow someone else’s words discourage you from doing something you have always dreamed of accomplishing.

I am committing myself, right here and now, to keep Mrs. Good Choice sending positive words of encouragement through this blog.  Please watch for new messages at lease once a month.

Please know that I am here to HELP YOU!  If you have a problem or question that you need help answering,  contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

I am available for public speaking events.

Blessings until next time,


Dawn Young Ed.S 



Fun Summer Activities for Children … by Mrs. Good Choice

Mrs. Good Choice, a former public school teacher, principal, and teacher evaluator, has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help parents and educators to do the same!


The first day of summer has arrived. Most children’s school year is complete; but what now, you may ask? It is so important to help your child develop into a Life- Long Learner. Keep your children learning by keeping them active.

Reading is such a key to a child’s success. Read daily with or to your children. Allow them to read to you. Many communities have free summer library programs for children. Take advantage of these great resources.

Make arrangements for older students to go into nursing homes or assisted living facilities with the elderly and read, play board games, dominoes, or card games. Not only will this be a blessing for the youth, but also the adults involved. We all can learn many great lessons from the older generation. If your child plays a musical instrument, arrange with the activities director, for a small presentation for the residents. Most facilities have pianos. The residents will love it!

If you attend a church, ask the pastor for the names of shut-in men and women who don’t get out often. Arrange a game time or reading hour with them and your children. Many times the elderly just need someone to listen to their stories. It also helps stimulate the memories of the elderly to enhance their quality of living.

Volunteer to work on a community service project together. Food pantries, beautification projects, and animal shelters are just a few great places that can always use extra hands. Children need to learn the importance of learning to serve others. Teaching children the meaning of respect and responsibility is so crucial.

The most important gifts you can give your children are your love, attention, and time. When you are modeling these key elements, it teaches your children to do the same. Remember … little ears and eyes are always listening and watching!

Enjoy your summer with your children!  Please know that I am here to help YOU! Contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Blessings until next time,


Dawn Young, Ed.S


“Manners Matter” says Mrs. Good Choice

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school teacher, principal, and teacher evaluator, who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help parents and educators to do the same!


As adults, it is so important to think before we speak. Have you ever felt as though you just put your foot in your mouth? I know I have, more times than I have fingers to count. In this fast-paced world we live in, it is easy to just open your mouth without thinking first. We are all guilty of this, at one time or another.

I love the following acronym reminder to help THINK before you SPEAK …

T ~Is it true?

H ~Is it helpful?

I ~ Is it inspiring?

N ~Is it necessary?

K ~Is it kind?

Not only is it a wonderful reminder for adults, it is a very good tool to teach children. As a teacher and elementary principal, I shared this little reminder with many children over the years. I would have copies for the older children to copy down in their own writing and keep in their pocket or in a safe place.

Parents, I advise you to teach your children the meaning of the words true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind. Practice as a family listening for positive words being spoken.

I can’t stress it enough, the importance of being a role model for your children and the youth of today. Remember, little eyes and ears are watching and listening to every word that comes out of our mouths.

I encourage you to give it a try! It might be one of the best things you ever tried.  Please know that I am here to help YOU! Contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.


Blessings until next time,

Dawn Young, Ed.S                                                                                                                                                              Children’s Author