These days kiddos need reminders that they have value, that kindness and friendship are important. It’s just what Captain McFinn and Friends offers in three innovative, original and educational books, geared for children ages 4-8 years.
The collection includes three hard and soft cover books, an activity book, sing-a-long music CD with music composed by award-winning songwriter, Terry Sampson, plus educational materials for parents and teachers.
In a time when bullies make headlines, Captain McFinn and Friends offer “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” theme. It’s a theme that needs to be reiterated as the National Association of Elementary School Principals are showing statistics where bullying has become an epidemic in our nation with an estimated 18 million children in the United States being bullied each year. Fear and negative feelings from bullying account for three million student absences each month across our nation.
Created by Phyllis Cafaro, with inspiration from her grandchildren, Captain McFinn comes alive in colorful, easy to read and easy to comprehend books. At the end of each book is a Fun Facts page that my children absolutely love as it includes information on sea creatures, the ocean environment and so much more. The Captain McFinn website offers additional activities and resources that truly complement the story.
The Legend of Captain McFinn and Friends was the first book we read together. The book introduces the reader to a friendly black tip shark named Captain McFinn. Once the biggest bully on Sandy Dusty Reef, he meets the Undersea Friends who teach him, through kindness that being a friend is a better option than being a bully. The Undersea Friends help Captain McFinn transform from bully to protector and leader of the Sandy Dusty Reef.
My kiddos loved the pictures. The characters are easy to like and the story line keeps the kiddos engaged. I love that in a book.
“My ultimate goal with Captain McFinn and Friends is to make the world a better place in which to live, one child (and fish) at a time,” says Phyllis Cafaro, author and founder of the Captain McFinn and Friends series. “Bullying in schools is a major issue nationwide, occurring on a daily basis. No parent, grandparent, or educator wants children to feel unsafe at school, because schools should be a place for learning, fun, and friendship.”
My kiddos love music and this book featured the topic they understand. Again, bright pictures that are fun with the same cast of characters.
We also received Captain McFinn and Friends: Come Along with the Friend-Ship Band CD. The kiddos love the music and it was a must-have on our road trip to South Dakota. Dad wasn’t into the music so listening to it became a game of when dad stopped, first one to the car got to listen to it before Dad returned. It was great motivation for the children and they enjoyed the music.
Captain McFinn and Friends Mobile App and eBook will be available as a free download this fall for all iOS and Android platforms, Barnes and Noble NOOK and Amazon Kindle devices.
This is a fun series that offers great lessons as children learn about the undersea world and being a good friend. We recommend this series to all.
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