When Omar is introduced to the latest game, he decides he’s going to become the King of marbles. But, in his pursuit of world marble domination, he becomes a sore winner and alienates his friends. Omar soon learns that winning is fun, but it really isn’t everything.
Why Share Losing Your Marbles:
Being a good winner/loser isn’t an innate trait, it’s a learned skill. To acquire this skill, we can provide kids with opportunities to learn through stories, conversations and practice.
We all struggle to find balance between striving and simply having fun. This can be especially difficult for kids when they become overly focused on outcomes like winning and being “the best”.
Without a strong sense of who they are, what they value, what they truly need and want (do you really want world marble domination?) and how to relate to others, kids can become more vulnerable, susceptible to isolation, stress, anxiety, low moods and depression as they mature.
• This version of Losing Your Marbles is in PDF format and consists of the very same 48 colourful pages as the hard copy version.
• Each page measures 8.5” x 11” and features original illustrations by professional artist Sandy Magee.
• The dyslexie font text is a special typeface uniquely designed to make reading and learning easier for everyone.
How To Use The Story:
Losing Your Marbles can simply be enjoyed with kids. It can also be used to plant seeds, spark conversations, develop emotional literacy and introduce many of the happy habits for life. Here's how:
The benefits of reading for enjoyment are many and far reaching. Learn some of the ways reading with your kids can increase their health and happiness here.
There are many ideas to explore with kids. Some of these include;
• Be careful what you wish for
• Good winners don’t make others feel like losers
• Winning is fun, but it really isn’t everything
• The values of play as shared within the poem at the end of the book
Reading and talking about these ideas can plant seeds that can grow into lasting values.
Omar’s struggle is real. He experiences a range of feelings for exploration, from elation to despair. There are also other characters who express (verbally or non-verbally) a mixture of emotions. Losing Your Marbles can be used to introduce kids to a rainbow of feelings, develop empathy, teach social skills and more.
Research confirms that simple happy habits grow healthy hearts, minds and bodies. This is why most of the habits are touched upon within the story; make wishes, have fun, go outside, be kind, be thankful, care for feelings and try new things.
Whether enjoyed for entertainment or used as a teaching tool, Losing Your Marbles provides an opportunity for adults to connect with kids and share positive messages, like ...
It’s not ALL about If you win or you lose. HOW will you play? You get to CHOOSE.
The Win, Lose + Draw Handouts help kids to explore the characteristics of good winners, sore winners, good losers and sore losers through what they THINK, SAY and DO.
The Losing Your Marbles Book Handouts include a Marble-ous template for original marble designs, plus a Story Map and Character Sketch.
The Losing Your Marbles Poem + Quote remind kids of the real values of play!