It was last year that I first saw this book. We were given a signed copy of it by my sister in law, Liza. The author of the book is my niece, Carlie’s speech therapist. My kids were fighting over it actually, simply because they saw their names on the book. Kailee said it was hers, while Connor said it was his.
That same night, Kailee read the book to Connor. Kailee immediately understood the story, while Connor – well, he just heard it without listening to it. But it was okay, I mean – I just needed to repeat the story again for his benefit. Then I totally forgot about the book altogether. I just saw it again when a friend posted it on Instagram. I got intrigued and inquired on where to purchase a copy. The reason was – well, Connor was in this phase of always wanting to win. He was having a hard time *losing* at games. The first time we played Chutes and Ladders, Kailee won – he screamed and cried so hard! It was really funny, but we couldn’t laugh! The next episode was while we were playing Monopoly and he landed in jail, he screamed so hard and cried saying he was scared! He thought, it was a real jail that he was going to. I think the concept of a *game* was different for him.
It was by some stroke of being at the right place at the right time. I was cleaning the clutter in my room just before the holidays when I saw the book again. I thought to myself – the book looked really familiar! And when I opened it – tada! It was the signed copy that my sister in law gave us. When I saw it, we had to read it together. This time, Connor’s grasp of the story has become better. He understood the story more. The book is quite simple really – but for the kids – well, they can see themselves in the story. They see themselves as characters of the book. I’m sure they’ve gone through similar situations and with this book, they can relate to the story and that’s the most important for me. That at a young age – they empathize with the characters and the story. My Panget has long said that Connor needed to be enrolled in a group/team sport because he doesn’t take losing very well. And with this book, I feel – it’s a start towards the right direction. During the holidays – I received another copy of the book as a gift. And because I feel that sharing is caring – well, with the permission of the author – Robyn Rodriguez, I’m doing a GIVEAWAY! Yes, yes yes! I’m giving away one (1) copy of the book! Yehey! The giveaway is really simple – just do the following: a) LIKE Gail and Pablo – When my friend wins page in FB b) LIKE my FB page too – the canDIshhh tales c) Share the link to this blog post ( http://www.candishhh.com/2019/01/when-my-friend-wins-by-robyn-rodriguez.html ) on your social media accounts d) Leave a comment here on the blog with the following details: – Your name – A VALID email address – the links to your social media shares (one person one entry!) This giveaway is open only to Metro Manila residents You have until next week to join – I will be picking a winner by January 31st! Thank you Robyn, for making this book! Please do make more of them! God bless you!!