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Smile a Lot!

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  75 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
A determined little frog discovers that even when you don't want to, smiling can make any situation better. Kids and adults alike will be enchanted by this appealing new offering from best-selling children's author/illustrator Nancy Carlson.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Carolrhoda Books
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Eliza Buell
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read "Smile A Lot!" by Nancy Carlson. "Smile A Lot!" is a wonderful book about how smiling through any situation makes life a lot more enjoyable, not only for you, but for everyone around you. The author gives examples throughout the book that children usually would complain about doing, and states that if you smile through the situations that one usually would not want to smile about, it turns out to not be so bad in the end. For example, the author states that if your mother makes oatmeal
Mandy J. Hoffman
Apr 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-books

Smile A Lot! is a cute book with what seems to be a really cute storyline. It's all about how smiling makes your day better, makes friends easier, and makes bad situations better. While all of that may be true, the book also gives examples of deciding to play on the monkey bars when the swings are full and "smile a lot" so that the kids will think you are having more fun than they are and then the swings will open up and you can swing. In reality, this is teaching children to smile to
Britley Madsen
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
"Smile a Lot!" is about a frog who smiles in each situation. Good and bad things could happen and he will always smile. This book uses a lot of bright colors. The tone is happy and cheerful. The texts are at the bottom while the pictures are on the top of each page. The texts are in white space. The reader is able to see how the pictures and texts work together. A child who can read at an intermediate reading level could read this book. This book teaches children to be positive in every situatio ...more
Not what I thought the book would be. It's more of a bunch of situations in which the frog chooses to have a good attitude about something not-so-good, and encouraging the reader that the good attitude helps one to feel better and may lead to something becoming better after all. Some humor was put in, but it felt forced to me. A good behavioral book for young ages.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kid-lit-class
This little frog approaches every situation with a smile in hopes that it will help him get through things. You follow him through all the happenings of the day. Smiling gives this little frog courage! In my opinion, the story wasn't my favorite. The illustrations were a bit busy, but had a lot to illustrate. They didn't seem as complementary as they could have been.
Meghan Hunt
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jp-picture-books
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Shawna Kopp
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
You could use this book in your classroom to help your students stay positive and motivated. Let them think of situations they don't like to be in or places they hate and ask them how a smile might make these situations better and more fun!
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Cute book to read about being positive and happy.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Encouraging and inspiring book. It reminds children to smile and be thankful. The book encourages them to do their best and to keep trying even if they do not succeed the first time!
Feb 14, 2011 added it
FUN beginning reader text, especially for storytimes....
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish
We read this in both Enlish (Smile a Lot) and Spanish. I like the reptition of "Sonrie!"
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I loved with book with such a positive message about smiling through your troubles to make them easier to bear! Positive message and colorful pictures!
Aug 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kid-lit
Hazel usually likes stories that I despise but we both agree on this one. The story doesn't flow and is kind of weird. Cute pictures, however.
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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