Is your cup feeling a bit empty? Are you having a hard time finding ways to fill it up? Author Sherri Graves Smith has the solution in her inspirational children’s book Is My Cup Empty?
I received a complimentary copy of Is My Cup Empty? It is so much more than just another children’s book. It’s a collection of fun ideas to turn a negative into a positive, a philosophical life message and even a collection of fun yet simple paper crafts that you can do to lift someone’s spirits. The book is the first in the “Lil Sherri” series and begins with an incredibly simple solution to the title question. If you cup is empty, fill it! Easy as that!
Sherri continues to offer solutions to everyday problems faced by kids, ranging from boredom to difficulty making friends. Some of the answers are as simple as riding a bike while others are deeper, such as helping others. She ends the book with a powerful statement that resonates with both kids and adults:
“Many things may seen empty as you live this life. But the way you fill them turns darkness to light.”
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The book itself is a simple yet powerful reminder that we don’t have to live with an empty cup. We can fill it with joy through small acts of kindness and positive thinking. Like I said, though, Is My Cup Empty? is more than just another positive children’s book. It comes with everything your child needs to create and send positive messages of their own.
Once you’re done reading the book with your kids, sit down and take out the paper craft supplies inside. You’ll find stickers, positive messages, a multi-colored crayon pen and even envelopes.
Kids can simply create positive messages of their own to keep on hand as reminders that life is full of joy. Or you can take it a step further and help them make up a list of people in their lives that need a bit of cheering up. Put together special cards for those people and mail them out! In a day of digital correspondence, getting a touching and uplifting message in the mail will definitely bring a smile to your recipient’s face. I know it would make me smile!
About the Author
Sherri Graves Smith is an award-winning author of children’s books and a popular, motivational speaker. She currently has three picture book series with more than 50 titles in print: the Lil’ Sherri series, the Game Day Rules series, and a series of counting and alphabet books. As mentioned above, Is My Cup Empty? is the first book in the Lil’ Sherri series. The story’s goal is to inspire hope, optimism and perservence in kids and kids at heart.
Sherri was inspired to write the series by very personal events in her own life.
“Many lessons instilled during my childhood prepared me for the adversity that I faced as an adult, including books that I read such as Happiness is a Warm Puppy and The Little Engine That Could. The lessons in my book stem from my outlook on life after battling Stage IV cancer for the past eight years. I was only 36 years old when I was diagnosed. I found out that the cancer had metastasized one week after returning from my honeymoon, and I found myself in a position where all of my hopes, dreams, and plans were empty.”
The character Lil’ Sherri is actually a representation of the author when she was six years old. Sherri says she wanted to write something for kids that could help them feel hopeful and optimistic even in the face of adversity.
I wanted to write a book that would be uplifting for a child, but also lend a helping hand for whatever adversity he or she may face in the future. My wish is to instill lessons in hope and optimism at an early age so they may be relied upon and strengthened as children grow and mature. In addition, I thought that even if an adult is reading the book to a child, the adult also can be uplifted.”
Sherri continues to write while undergoing chemotherapy treatments five times a week, but she still always finds time to visit children facing their own challenges. Check out her website to learn more.
What do you do when your cup is feeling empty? How do you fill it up with joy?