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Life Lessons and Tales of Little MisFit by S.K. Grunin
Ivy Sue Klutz (Little MisFit - LMF) finds one of her first memories confusing. This is when she is three and a half years old and is at her sister Lynn's birthday party. Their cousin, Janet, asks the partygoers to guess what Lynn's birthday present is as the truck delivering the present is backing up to the front porch of their house. Unbeknown to LMF, Janet told the other kids not to really guess that it's a bike. You guessed - LMF guesses that her sister is getting a bike for her 5th birthday present. But instead of everyone being happy that LMF guessed the right thing, everyone is mad at her and none more than her mother. LMF runs off to her soon-to-be baby brother's bedroom and tries to hide behind his dresser, with her mother hot on her heels, yelling at her all the way. From this experience and many others through her 4th grade years in school, LMF learns the Life Lesson that Life Isn't Always What It Seems.
In Life Lessons and Tales of Little MisFit – Book 1: “Life Isn’t Always What It Seems,” we are introduced to the main character as she narrates her first memory at the age of three and ties it in to Lesson 1. The book continues through tales about Lesson 1 through her fourth year of primary school where we leave her. Book 2 picks up with LMF starting her next year of school at the age of ten and learning the next Life Lesson that “Life Isn’t Always Fair.”
Many people growing up are often made to feel inadequate or not to fit in in situations, as a former probation officer, executive/life coach and professor, Dr. Susan Grunin, learned through humor and working with others – particularly children and young adults, how to fit in those uncomfortable situations. She believes that it is important that children learn at a young age how to manage these issues and to use humor to build their own self-esteem. Thus, she created, Little MisFit, (LMF) a fictional character, who through humorous tales, shares life lessons that she learns as she is growing up. Through these stories, LMF describes how she learned to overcome many life challenges and accept who she is as a person. Furthermore, the tales allow adults to share their own tales without coming off “too preachy” and to be able to share their own life lessons with their children and/or grandchildren or other loved ones.
TARGET AUDIENCE: This is a book written for children in a humorous fashion telling tales of Little MisFit about the Life Lesson – that Life Isn’t Always What It Seems. It is intended to demonstrate that all of us at some point or situation may find ourselves as a MisFit and also how learning Life Lessons can help us to build confidence and succeed in life. Thus, the book as one reviewer said: “Is for the child in all of us!”
Book Review for: Life Lessons & Tales of Misfit - Book 1: Life Isn't Always What It Seems
By SAMAMA, Aug 4 2020 07:23PM 5/5 stars for the adorable children’s book
This is the first time I ever became a fan of an 8 year old bad ass girl who hit bullies with her metal lunch box for trying to look under her skirt and clobbered guys for bullying other girls – ladies and gentlemen, this little girl was from the 1950’s, and she was hilarious.
At many points, it felt like the child version of me was talking in the book ‘Life Lessons & Tales of Misfit’. “I just couldn’t see the point in taking a nap, isn’t that what sleeping at night was for?” - exactly me all the time until I turned 12 and my studies hit me like a stone. This book, in an adorable way, made me feel that it’s okay to be different. It made me wish I had read this book when I was younger. I grew up in a house full of boys so my Tom boyish ways were never frowned upon as I was happy with the boyish toys we already had at home, I loved wearing my brothers’ childhood clothes, and loved watching WWE wrestling and Top Gear with them, although I’d still go ecstatic for clothes with pictures of Barbie on them. While my tom boyishness weren’t frowned upon by my family, it surely was by the society. They’d tell me to wear more girly clothes, sit like a girl (???) and talk softly – like a girl. I’d go to my family and tell them all this, and they’d soothe me in a way that now, as a grown-up, I feel nothing but amused when people tell me how to act like a proper, decent girl.
It’s the first time in a long time I didn’t want a book to end. Every childhood issues were described in the cutest ways for children to learn and understand easily. This book taught us that life isn’t what it always seems and its okay – it’s okay to be different. I can’t wait for the second part of this book to come out.