Stickley Sticks To It!

StStickley Sticks9781433819117_p0_v1_s192x300ickley Sticks To It!: A Frog’s Guide to Getting Things Done

Brenda S. Miles, Ph.D., Author

Steve Mack, Illustrator

Magination Press, Feb. 28, 2015, Fiction

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Sticking with a task and seeing it through, Perseverance, Life Skills, Self-confidence

Opening: Meet Stickley. He’s a frog. Every day he wears shorts and a fancy bowtie.

Book Jacket Synopsis: Stickley the frog has the gift of stick-to-it-ness. His sticky toes help him stick to windows, ceilings and surfboards — even under plates! But Stickley’s toes aren’t the only way he sticks to things. His attitude helps him stick with projects — no matter how frustrating or hard they may be — so he can reach his goals.

Why I like this book:

This is a clever and upbeat story that introduces children to the idea of sticking with a task or challenge and seeing it through to completion. This ultimately helps children feel proud about what they are doing. There are many humorous examples of Stickley participating in a science fair, a spelling bee and giving a speech.  Some projects require Stickley to take his time, test his patience, make him look at what he’s doing from a different perspective, and sometimes start over.  This is an excellent book for teachers to use in the classroom with students. I can see many great questions and lively discussions with students. Steve Mack’s illustrations are colorful, whimsical and expressive. They are entertaining and add to the story’s appeal.

Resources: The book includes a lengthy Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with more information about perseverance and strategies for encouraging children to plan, take breaks, ask for help and work with others to complete a task.

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35 thoughts on “Stickley Sticks To It!

  1. Oh how fun! Would be an interesting pair with TOO MUCH GLUE! and kids could compare inner and outer stickiness. 🙂


  2. Getting children to stick with something to completion is a fun task. I have a feeling I need to check this book out and share it with my daughter. I have a house filled with partially completed art projects and tasks. And having a wonderful tree frog with sticky little hands and feet makes me love this book all the more!


  3. In this quick-quick, attention-deficit world in which we live, I love the image of a stick-to-it frog with perseverance. A wonderful example for young & old. I look forward to reading this book and finding some frog-shaped sticky notes to remind myself of its message.


  4. Magination Press is the Psychological Associations press. It is difficult to get a book publsihed by them unless you are professional and they have all their books vetted by other professionals in the field. And their back matter notes are by professionals not the author usually. So I am sure this is a fantastice book for this character trait and doubt if there is another like it.

    thanks for sharing it with us!


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    • Yes, I love that the American Psychological Association has Magination Press for children’s books. Jill Neimark, (The Hugging Tree) who is in our writing groups, has published 3-4 books through Magination Press. It is difficult to get published through them.

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      • Wow! Lucky you to have Jill in your writing group. I only ever sent them one submission and they said they had a book covering that subject, It was on depression. However since it was about sisters dealing with it. Siblings trying to help and siblings trying to understand and cope with one of them having it, I thought it different enough that they would like it.

        Ho Hum. NO means nothing, right? 🙂

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