Monday, March 16, 2009

Book Review: Loukoumi's Good Deeds by Nick Katsoris

Book Summary/Review

“Make someone smile, Do a good deed, Lend a hand to a friend in need…”

These words of wisdom are passed along to Loukoumi from her friend Gus the Bear after he guides an elderly giraffe safely across the street.
Putting this advice in motion, the adorable lamb goes about her day performing acts of kindness for everyone in her life.

Through deeds such as cleaning her room, helping her daddy wash the car, and providing a band aid to a friend, Loukoumi demonstrates that simple things go a long way in cheering up those around her.

Loukoumi’s Good Deeds is a refreshingly sweet story. It reinforces the message of being kind to others in a way that young children will easily understand. In today’s world, kids often associate “giving” with something material. Loukoumi shows that giving her time, her consideration, and her kind words are the most valuable gifts of all.

As a bonus, each book comes with a CD narrated by Jennifer Aniston & John Aniston, as well as other celebrity voices. This is a nice complement to a colorful story children will surely enjoy.

For every book purchased, $2 will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Release date: 4/1/2009

Why I Love This Book:

When my boys were toddlers, I hardly ever left the house. At least not without one or both of them strapped into a stroller. It was the only way I could assure my husband that they would still be intact when he arrived home from work that night. When I was pregnant with my daughter, managing the boys became increasingly difficult as I grew increasingly larger. Towards the end I felt like we were under house arrest because I simply did not have the stamina to take them anywhere.

One day when I was 8+ months along, I was going crazy and finally decided to make the trek to Chik-Fil-A. After an eventful lunch and more orneriness in the play area, I told the boys it was time to go home. It took upward of 20 minutes to convince them to come down from the ceiling tunnel (albeit missing various and sundry clothing), and another 15 to put on shoes, coats, etc. With both of them kicking and screaming as I held held them like footballs under each arm, I awkwardly made my way out to the busy parking lot.

And this is where I faced my biggest dilemma. I had to put one child down in order to strap the other into his carseat. But with both in full-blown tantrum mode and moving cars all around, this was not an option. So I set one boy down on the floor of the car, trying to keep him in place with my foot, while I attempted to strap the other one in. I was precariously balancing all my pregnancy weight on one foot and dangerously close to falling. And any second I was about to join my kids by having a tantrum of my own.

Then....from behind me.....a sweet lady asked if she could help. A feeling of relief like none I had ever felt before swept over me. I gratefully handed her a spastic child while I buckled one, and finally the other, safely inside the car. The woman quickly explained that she has three of her own, a bit older now, but remembers clear as day what life is like with toddlers. Then she went on her way.

I will never forget this act of kindness from a total stranger. It took only a couple minutes of her time, but the memory of her unsolicited help when I desperately needed it will stay with me for a long time. Just like in Loukoumi's Good Deeds, a simple act of kindness made a very lasting impression.

1 comment:

  1. I will remember the kindness of the surgeon who was honest enough to say, "I don't think I can save your son's leg but I've heard of a guy in --. Would you like for me to call him>" He could have tried to do it himself but he was kind enough to be honest!