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Hope! More Than Wishful Thinking

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Very sweet book about perseverance. Shows the reader they need to do more than just hope and wish for something, they have to work hard for it.

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A fresh and colourful-looking young read, where Holly is desperate to sail through a grammar test at school, but doesn't really prepare herself or her mindset in time. Hence her mother joins in in creating a H-O-P-E poster for the wall, reminding the girl what needs to get done before hope can ever become a reality. While this is definitely here to provide education, and does so at the expense of enjoyment, this is still not badly done at all. It gives its lesson very easily – even if we're never given the bonus of what it was that Holly needed to pass her resit with.

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Hope! More Than Wishful Thinking is such a great read. Having littles in school where they take tests weekly, this is a great reminder that sometimes we have a hard time and that's ok. Reading this book is a helpful reminder to not be too hard on my children with their grades and also to show them taking time to study is important and isn't the end of the world.
The Author did a great job with the writing, font and placement of the words. The illustrations are fun and eye catching.

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ARC reader for NetGalley

When Holly struggles with an English test her mother teaches her you need more than just hope to succeed. A story to help your littles learn perseverance and studying is the key to success in school.

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I read this with my 6 year old who like Holly hopes to do well in school and would rather be playing or watching videos! The wee H.O.P.E idea is fantastic and he listened and understood the meaning. I did get a laugh at him trying to say perseverance at first but he got it. Really good wee book

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Tomorrow had a speech (test) but Holly never understand about adjectives and adverbs. She hope that she will do okay. At night, during study time; she text Clara and discuss together about adjectives and adverbs. Its remind me during my school year 20 years ago. That time, we make group of study disscussion instead of text whatsapp. How technology move so fast!

Back to the story, after the test and finally the result is out. Holly got D grade. Her mom ask not to put a good grade just the way she hope; im hoping this will do fine. Later, her mom told her when she was a student and she failed mathematics subject and how she manage to do it without hoping and effort.

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A wonderful read for primary school students.

Such a simple concept and breaks it down for students who many be struggling with class. Defining what hope is but turning it into an acrostic.

Illustrations are fantastic, very bold and eye catching.

This is a very modern book so parents that are more digital free may want to skim first.

πšƒπš‘πš’πšœ 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚊 πš‘πš˜πš—πšŽπšœπš πš˜πš™πš’πš—πš’πš˜πš— 𝚘𝚏 πšŠπš— πšŠπšπšŸπšŠπš—πšŒπšŽ πšŒπš˜πš™πš’.

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I really liked how the author explained HOPE, teaches the child that Hard work, Optimism, Perseverance, and Eventually you will get it. Teaches you need to put in the hard work and remain optimistic and persevere and then eventually you will get it. Wishful thinking and hoping without even trying is not how you will succeed in life. Great Life Lesson to teach children.
Artwork was wonderfully done.

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Great message in a super cute picture book. I really loved the round style and bright colors. The message is perfect for children who suffer a setback. Instead of feeling bad about it or getting punished, the important thing is to work hard, endure, and achieve your goals.
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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Hope! More Than Wishful Thinking by Gina Prosch was a very enjoyable read with my almost 11 year old daughter. It is a very realistic story that teaches the value of hard work as well as it's message supports mental health and well being for our middle graders. It not only told a story but it also gave children and their caring adult a plan to deal with learning new subject matter. The plan that was suggested in the book would be great to post in a classroom or in your learning space at home. Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy this story with my daughter and suggest it's purchase to our school library!

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This was a really sweet story with a big lesson in it and I enjoyed reading it. Our mc Holly has a big test coming up and is apprehensive but resigned, crossing her fingers and hoping for the best. After she gets a D+, her mother tells her what she learned from her own mother about what HOPE is and how to lean into it. I was curious if my kids would feel the same, sometimes they find fables a little patronizing but we all enjoyed this one. It was fun to discuss the difference between hope and wishful thinking, and to consider instances in our own lives where we might have used one or the other. An easy read with gorgeous illustrations. Thumbs up from all of us.

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Hope! More Than Wishful Thinking by Gina Prosch provides a great book to teach and remind children the importance of having a growth mindset and that hoping requires action - not just wishing.

Great for classrooms as a PSHE resource or for parents of primary children this book add humour which can be enjoyed by the parent and children together with some funny puns akin to 'dad jokes'

The story reminds me of the phrase - hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

The poster is a good place for readers to make their own following the acronym in the book for Hope. H for Hard Work, O for optimism, P for perseverance, E for Eventually you will get it.

The 'Tips for parents and educators' and the added resources make this book a great resource for further discussion.

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I first want to thank Boys Town Press Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I want to place that poster in my classroom. I teach middle school math but this thought process is perfect for them too! Hope! The way they break it down is almost perfect. It’s definitely far better than anything I could have created. I will even share it with my son as he is learning more and more about having homework and needing to study.

Perfect book. It even has a moral explanation at the end of it. Definitely worth it in my opinion!

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H-Hard Work
O- Optimism
P - Perseverance
E- Eventually

Holly just hoped she would do well in school and at home. She found out that there was more to hope than wishful thinking. It is a mindset, especially with those that are easily overwhelmed. With the help of Holly's mom, teacher and friends, Holly found hope in a new way that gave her confidence.

This is a great resource for parents and children. It teaches responsibility and pride in a job well done.

A special thank you Boy's Town Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The author emphasizes a focus on teaching children how to be hopeful by putting effort for what we want. The portrayal was very creative, I loved the art work very much. It helps children to focus on the positive side of being hopeful. A very short book and easily understandable. Colorful book with great characters.

"When it comes to hope, you get what you work for."

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Hope! More Than Wishful Thinking by Gina Prosch is a great book to teach students and children the importance of having a growth mind set. It is important for students to understand that you get what you put in. Just hoping you do well on a test will not equal you doing well on a test. Gina Prosch gives students a great visual in the poster Holly and her mom made. They made an acronym poster for the word Hope. H is for Hard Work, O is for optimism, P is for perseverance, E is for Eventually you will get it. I LOVE this poster. As a teacher, I would love to have this poster in my classroom to remind students what it takes to be successful. I will be making this poster with my class and reading this book!

I also like that as much as it talks about hard work and perseverance it also says it is important to take breaks and do things you enjoy such as watch cat videos. The E in hope which stands for Eventually you will get it is an important concept. You may not get it YET- but you will with hard work. As teachers we talk about the power of yet and this book compliments that concept. While I think this book is geared towards third grade and up, it can be modified for younger grades.

A few other things that are so great about this book are the Tips for parents and educators at the back of the book and and the free downloadable pages to reinforce the concepts in the book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Gina Prosch for this beautifully illustrated book on an important concept that should be reinforced in classrooms and at home. I voluntarily read this book and gave my honest opinion.

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Hope! More Than Wishful Thinking is about a girl who has a test at school she need to take. She avoided studying for said test because she didn't 7understand 8it at first and just hoped that it would turn out well. She ended up failing the test and feared that she had disappointed her mother. Rather than being disappointed, her mother guided her to look at hope differently. They made a poster for 'HOPE'. each letter meaning something. H stood for Hard work. O stood for Optimism. P stood for Perseverance. E stood for Eventually, meaning after the first 3 stages eventually you will succeed. this book illustrates the importance of not giving up on things if they seem difficult because there is always "Hope" This is excellent for young readers who are defining to see the weight 9of school and grades.

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I love how the book contains a good value and important message for children (and adult too). We always lean on hope but not accompanied by hard work. I learn so much from this book. Oh and I really like the illustrations, it's so cute and gorgeous.

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The story gently teaches the truth that wishing will not make it so, but hope combined with action will make a positive change. The story ends with tips for parents and educators. A good lesson for us all!
The illustrations by Kyle Merriman are delightful, imaginative, clear, and colorful.
Well suited for reading WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to anyone, but especially to a school or teacher or your public library!
I requested and received a free temporary e-book on Adobe Digital Editions from Boys Town Press Publishing/Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles via NetGalley. Thank you!
An excellent book!

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The importance of high marks is held in high regard within some households. I know when I was a kid, anything lower than a B was unacceptable. What this generation has now are parents that want to connect with their children and encourage them to do their best. Holly didn’t understand what hope meant to her. Holly’s mother spent time with her to explain what hope meant to her in the past.

The two best parts of this book was Holly’s mother sharing her past failures in an attempt to show Holly it’s ok to fail at certain things sometimes. I also enjoyed the use of the word, β€œeventually.” Things don’t happen immediately. It’s important to learn that as young as possible. But although things aren’t immediate, they are still possible. Holly learned that she will eventually achieve her goal as long as she puts in the necessary work.

I think this book is great for children to read and get a grasp on how HOPE can be a great tool in achieving what your goals.

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