The Karate Tournament is the first book and the foundation for all subsequent books in The Grand Master/Little Master Series . This book is your child's introduction to Grand Master and his/her invitation to go on a life-changing adventure! When eight-year-old Haley's mother asks her if she would like to play a game on the morning of her karate tournament, she is somewhat reluctant, given all the butterflies in her stomach! Not quite able to resist the temptation, however, she agrees. Grand Master (who makes His/Her presence known through mom in this first story) tells Haley that she has been chosen to be a Little Master-in-training and there is much to do. What follows is a heartwarming story of a little girl who learns the importance and magic of Cause and Effect; what goes around, comes around. "What you put out in the world comes back, Little Master; cause love, cause kindness, cause forgiveness. Try not to cause sadness or anger. This too, must come back." This is the story of Haley, and how she turns a very scary and nervous situation into a joyous occasion by her conscious use of Law. This book series can be read as any other children's book, or played interactively by downloading the Parental Support Material, accessible on the authors website at TheGrandMasterLittleMasterSeries.com
The Karate Tournament by Patricia Merker, illustrated by Lauren Wilhelm
Introducing...a way to talk with the children in your life. Whether you are a parent/grandparent, aunt, cousin, teacher/professional working with youth, within are ways to address life issues in healthy, easy-to-understand story. And, as author Patricia Mercer knows well, those reading children's books with the kids touching their lives learn right along with them!
Don't have enough quality time with your children? Give it a try, sit and read one of the Grand Master/Little Master (GM/LM) books, then print out the Parental Support Material on Patricia's website for your chosen book, and begin the interactive aspect of this series. Each book includes three letters/lessons from Grand Master to the subject child, as well as 'Parental Guidelines' and 'About This Lesson'. It is recommended that you start with book one, The Karate Tournament as this is your child's introduction to Grand Master and their invitation to become a 'little-master-in-training. There is no need to follow in order after book one. Low and behold, you will have found time to connect with your child while addressing such challenging and recurrent life topics as:
* What you do comes back to you ( do unto others...), in the book: Grand Master Little Master: The Karate Tournament
* Fear...of the dark, doing new things, monsters... in: Grand Master Little Master: Sink or Swim
* Love. Everyone is love, even if s/he doesn't show it in: Grand Master Little Master: Love Has Many Faces
* Caring comes in different forms, throughout the Grand Master Book Series, starting with the first book: Grand Master Little Master: The Karate Tournament
Perhaps you -- living and working with kids -- have not yet articulated that how we act, how we speak causes things to "happen back" to us. The Karate Tournament book gently shares that easy, realistic acts of kindness can cause your life to be happier!
Additionally, after you incorporate these books into your quality child-time, you might expand to the free, engaging learning tools on www.TheGrandMasterLittleMasterSeries.com. Reasonably priced and power-packed with gentle resources, this new series offers you, within your relationships, simple ways to learn great things along with the young people in your life.
Reviewer: Linda Lee Ratto EdM, www.LindaLeeRatto.com Co-leader of The School of the New Spirituality (SNS,Inc 2000-2010) Co-founded with Neale Donald Walsch Author of Where Dreams Come True chapter storybook (ages 8-12 years) and Where Dreams Come True: Learning Guide for Students, Teachers, Parents, Grandparents & Caregivers plus the Where Dreams Come True 3CDS unabridged-audiobook
I will be reviewing this series on my blog in a week or so...I will post the review here at that time. Thanks
David and I have five children and I can tell you it is a zoo at our home most days. Everyone has their own agenda including the two of us and wow life is crazy. Teaching values and how to be a good person is a full-time job and yet sometimes it gets lost with all the other things the kids need to learn and do. This series is a nice reminder of what is truly important for kids to learn. Compassion for others, what comes around goes around, love and why they are here on this Earth to begin with.
The series in not overly religious, the name God is never mentioned at all. Grand Master is the one that is in all of us, the one that helps us determine right from wrong and the one who helps us determine who we are in the scope of this world. Grand Master wants us to succeed and share what we learn with others. Kids need a foundation in which to learn and grow, they need to know someone cares for them. Grand Master can give them a feeling of control and of love. Who doesn’t need to be loved? Well I sure do! This series of three books so far is well worth your time and your children’s time.
My 9 year old son read the books to me and we both really enjoyed the last one the best. Love is something we all want and need. Some people just don’t get enough and even don’t love themselves. After reading the book we had a quick discussion about a boy at school who was a bully, my son put together that maybe he didn’t love himself enough to be kind to others. Bingo! One read through and he got it…he understood something that took me years to get.
This series is fast to read and interactive if you want it to be. Kids learn and you learn to be a better parent and a better person. We are passing these books on to others so they can also learn what we have. Give this series a try…what do you have to lose?
This book is great because it really gets into the head of a young child. As adults, we try to help our kids solve their problems using "adult" solutions, and kids just don't always relate to that. Kids typically are good and naieve so to speak, so this way of introducing the Grand Master seems to be a just another way to relate to a child allowing them to learn how to deal with their fears and concerns without feeling inadequate because they are having such feelings.
I have been able to apply these techniques with my kids in a sense.........and I find the result is much better for them when they are involved and controlling the situation instead of Mommy and Daddy "fixing" eveything.
I love how the author has found a positive, and gratifying way to impact kids by coaching the parents!!
I learned from the book, and felt great after reading it!!
Ms. Merker does a wonderful job in this first book of a three-book children's fictional series that teaches "universal truths" to children. This series, I believe, is best used interactively by parents and school-age children. In addition, the author has provided additional resources online to aid the parents. In the first book, the subject of cause and effect is illustrated through the story of a young girl who is encouraged by her parents to listen to her conscience and choose to treat others as she would want to be treated.