Gold Star Anytime Recipe
Start with a dash of:
FUN... Sets the stage for experiencing joy, happiness, smiles, and amusement; a key ingredient in always wanting more in life
COLOR… A visual or descriptive escape into another world where you can imagine yourself and your friends
ADVENTURE… Offers possibility, uncertainty, boldness, excitement, learning, anticipation of what happens next, wanting to turn the page
WORDS…Ties it all together to make for smooth listening and learning
ONE HILARIOUS ANT… The main ingredient (character)
CHOCOLATE TREASURE… Something to look forward to, just plain delicious and should be in most recipes anyway
PIRATES… What’s a good story without pirates?
SEA CREATURES… New friends with differences and similarities that you can learn from and share experiences with during the adventure
ISLAND OF TABOO… Well the pirates have to live somewhere with the treasure, right?
Mix everything together for a ready-to-serve, beautifully illustrated children’s picture book where Lou the Ant embarks on a crazy sea adventure to the Island of Taboo in search of treasure. The thing is...Lou can't swim! Hilarity ensues as he learns on the go! It’s a book that the whole family will love to read!
Serves: ALL ages and abilities
CHILDREN- According to USA Swimming…
ADULTS- According to the Centers for Disease Control, 37% of American adults can’t swim the length of a pool, which puts them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in the United States. If a parent does not know how to swim, there is only a 13% chance that a child in that household will learn how to swim. (USA Swimming) Also, illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children.
SCHOOLS- According to UNICEF, "Nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two thirds of them are women." Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.
Life with Lou provides a fun opportunity to explore text together and have a conversation about the importance of swimming and water safety skills. It is great for all types of learners- auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Learning to swim and learning to read inspire intellectual and personal growth and promote self-confidence. It is a must-have for all elementary classrooms.
COMMUNITY/ FAMILY ORGANIZATIONS- Participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%. (USA Swimming) Life with Lou is the perfect companion to reinforce those skills. It’s a great book for swim schools, learn-to-swim programs, after school programs, libraries and community events.
Whether you use the recipe, just check out the ingredients, pass it along to share the deliciousness of it with everyone… or ALL of the above…Remember that it takes no preparation, is ready-to-go and can be eaten (or maybe just read) in 10 minutes to those served. Lives changed! No calories!
After Indulgence effects may include self-confidence, empowerment, curiosity, learning and even personal communication. If you experience one or more, you’re on the right track to success! Keep reading and share Life with Lou with a friend!
So join us in cooking up some change through Life with Lou. You can support our campaign by helping bring Lou to life through Pubslush.
Barbie Larimore and Kim Shults