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Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul: 101 Stories of Courage, Hope and Laughter, p.1Jack Canfield
What People Are Saying About
Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul . . .
“Kids are lucky to have a Chicken Soup book just for them. As a son of a preacher I was expected to know the right choices to make. I could have used examples of how other kids were dealing with the pressure of growing up.”
“Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul is filled with stories that restore your faith in humanity and open your eyes to the meaningful moments in life.”
star, The Secret World of Alex Mack
“A great book for kids! Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul covers many tough subjects so well that every kid who reads it will be able to relate to some of the stories, and hopefully learn from the rest so that their souls—not just their bodies—will grow up big and strong.”
Lori Beth Denberg
actress, star on Nickelodeon’s All That
“The Chicken Soup for the Soul series has provided stories that enlighten, encourage and inspire. I believe wholeheartedly that Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul will continue to reach out and provide our youth with an important motivational tool that will no doubt stimulate positive thinking.”
actor, Malcolm and Eddie
“As soon as I read the book, I wanted to rush home and give it to my kids to read. The messages are so inspiring and encouraging that I’m looking forward to a second helping of Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul.”
vice president, talent development and casting, Nickelodeon
“Reading Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul with a child will help build and strengthen the love you share. And, since the love of children is the ultimate ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul,’ you may even want to read it again!”
Ann Pleshette Murphy
editor-in-chief, PARENTS Magazine
“Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul shows our children that life is an amazing journey filled with accomplishment, failure, happiness and tears, but that within us all lies the ability to beat life’s challenges and to strive to achieve our dreams.”
president, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
“As a child, I was a member of a book club. My favorite stories were those that inspired me to dream. Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul is just such a book—these stories will inspire young readers not only to dream, but also to give their hearts, minds and souls to the creation of new possibilities.”
president, Feed the Children
“The most delicious thing about Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul is kids talking to kids, sharing and relating both their joys and sorrows. Their stories will help other kids know that they are not alone in their feelings and experiences.”
Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson
“When confronted with difficult issues, it is comforting for children to know that others have been there and survived. Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul does just that for readers: its stories relate to kids that they, too, can overcome hardships in their own lives.”
David S. Liederman
executive director, Child Welfare League of America
101 Stories of
Mark Victor Hansen
Health Communications, Inc.
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Chicken soup for the kid’s soul : 101 stories of courage, hope and laughter
[compiled by] Jack Canfield . . . [et al.].
Summary: A collection of short stories, anecdotes, poems, and cartoons
which present a positive outlook on life.
eISBN-13: 978-0-7573-9710-3 (ebook) eISBN-10: 0-7573-9710-7 (ebook)
1. Children—Conduct of life. [1. Conduct of life. 2. Children’s writings.]
I. Canfield, Jack, date.
BJ1631.C46 1998 98-16871
© 1998 John T. Canfield and Hansen and Hansen LLC
All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the written permission of the publisher.
HCI, its logos and marks are trademarks of Health Communications, Inc.
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
Cover illustration by Larissa Hise Henoch
Oh, look, it’s a book!
I’m sure it must be
A path of adventures waiting for me,
A yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz,
A frivolous poem without any cause.
Should I open it and peek to see what’s inside?
What if it’s scary I might need to hide.
I’ll never know unless I dare.
I need a good laugh, a cry or a scare.
I’m sure it can wait—well, then I’ll never know
Maybe it’s someplace that I’ll never go.
But today is the day that’s been waiting for me
I’ll open this book, and I will see.
Jessica McCain, age 14
To the kids of the world who
need these stories, we dedicate this book.
We want to bring you hope, laughter, inspiration
and courage—and to let you know
that you are not alone.
Especially to our own kids—
Christopher; Elisabeth and Melanie;
Marleigh and Weston.
You are our heroes.
“My teacher says I can grow up to be whatever
I want to be. I want to be a kid.”
Reprinted by permission of Randy Glasbergen.
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1. ON LOVE
Kelly, the Flying Angel Louise R. Hamm
The Tower Robert J. Fern
Uncle Charlie Patty Hathaway-Breed
The Game of Love Lou Kassem
“Where’s My Kiss, Then?” M. A. Urquhart
The Visit Debbie Herman
The Fire Truck Lori Moore
Merry Christmas, My Friend Christa Holder Ocker
2. ON FRIENDSHIP
There’s an Alien on the Internet Joanne Peterson
Seeing, Really Seeing Marie P. McDougal
Kim Li, the Great Berniece Rabe
Edna Mae: First Lesson in Prejudice Sandra Warren
The Connection Joel Walker
The Favorite Vase Belladonna Richuitti
A Friend . . . Danielle Fishel and friends
Best Friends Mary Beth Olson
All I Would Ever Need Kerri Warren
My Friend Anthony Katie Short
3. ON FAMILY
No Dad?! Jason Damazo
Terror on Route 83 Mary Ellyn Sandford
Watching for the Miracle Korina L. Moss
From the Heart Marcia Byalick
A Brother’s Love Diana L. James
Secrets That Made Paul Special Judy M. Garty
Goat’s Tobacco Roald Dahl
My Grandfather’s Gift Rider Strong
Silent Night, Crystal Night Lillian Belinfante Herzberg
Green Salami Patty Hansen
Going, Going, Gone Martha Bolton
Your Name in Gold A. F. Bauman
Father’s Day Taylor Martini
Mom’s Duck Page McBrier
4. ON ATTITUDE AND PERSPECTIVE
The Bobsledder’s Jacket Tim Myers
Things Are Not Always Black or White Judie Paxton
What’s Wrong with a B+? Donna M. Russell
Just Ben Adrian Wagner
The Green Boots Linda Rosenberg
Showing Up Julie J. Vaughn with Tyler Vaughn Marsden
The Pest Judy Fuerst
A Good Reason to Look Up Shaquille O’Neal
Close Call Diana Parker
The Flood Adam Edelman
The Man Who Had Plenty Reverend Mark Tidd as told by Jerry Ullman
The Perfect Dog Jan Peck
To Be Enormously Gorgeous Carla O’Brien
5. ON DEATH AND DYING
The Purple Belt Chuck Norris
B. J. Nate Barker
The Perfect Angel Stacie Christina Smith
Someone to Hold Onto Ann McCoole Rigby
Rebecca’s Rainbow Tara M. Nickerson
One Rainbow Wasn’t Enough Matt Sharpe
A Nightmare Come True Damien Liermann
Lessons from God Jennifer Rhea Cross
6. ACHIEVING DREAMS
Believe in Yourself Jillian K. Hunt
The Little Girl Who Dared to Wish Alan D. Shultz
The Playground Audilee Boyd Taylor
Dreams of the Children Jody Suzanne Waitzman
Batgirl Dandi Dailey Mackall
G-o-o-o-a-a-a-a-l-l-l-l! Heather Thomsen
With Every Footstep Shannon Miller
The Rock Club Vanessa Clayton
Socks for Kerry Barbara McCutcheon Crawford
Just Ask David Levitt
7. OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
Grandfather Learns to Read Karen Beth Luckett
School—Moving Up Ben Carson, M.D.
In Control John D. Troxler
The Sandbox Lucas Parker
What a Year Robert Diehl
Dear God, This Is Charles Charles Inglehart
Missy and Me Glenda Palmer
The Miracle of Life Lacy Richardson
8. ON CHOICES
Goodwill Cynthia M. Hamond
Putting My Best Foot Forward Kathy Ireland
Understanding Jessica Stroup
Nine Gold Medals David Roth
Without a Nightlight Jessica Harper
Nobody Knows the Difference Deborah J. Rasmussen
The New House and the Snake Christine Lavin
I Found a Tiny Starfish Dayle Ann Dodds
9. TOUGH STUFF
Get Help Now! Tia Thompson
The Big Director Kel Mitchell
I Love Her More Than Ever Amber Foy
Dear Momma Darnell Hill
My Dad Aljon B. Farin
Smoking Is Cool. . . . Not! Valeria Soto
DARE Rap Shelly Merkes
I’m Not Dana Sabrina Anne Tyler
No Home Elizabeth A. Gilbert-Bono
10. ECLECTIC WISDOM
Baby’s Ears Valerie Allen
Kindness Is Contagious Kristin Seuntjens
Do You Have Your Wallet? Laksman Frank
Small Talk Multiple Authors
The Day I Figured Out That No One Is Perfect Ellie Logan
The Little Notice Kenan Thompson
Teenagers Melissa Mercedes
My Guardian Angel Travis Ebel
Grandpa’s Bees Barbara Allman
The Flying Fish Megan Niedermeyer with Killeen Anderson
Mother Says . . . Martha Bolton
What I’ve Learned So Far Multiple Authors
Reading Stories: An Act of Co-Creation James Elwood Conner, Ed.D.
More Chicken Soup?
Who Is Jack Canfield?
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?
Who Is Patty Hansen?
Who Is Irene Dunlap?
You hold in your hands a very valuable book. In it, you will find inspiring stories from celebrities and adults . . . but most importantly from people your own age! The stories will encourage you, enlighten you and maybe even make you cry . . . but hold them close. Keep the book on your bedside table and read it often—whenever you need a guiding hand or hopeful thought.
Never give up believing in yourself. With God, you hold the power and talent to achieve all of your dreams. My friends, you are our future.
Three-Time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion,
Events gone by
Make you laugh, make you cry.
Cities never visited
Easy to see
Unraveled for me.
In the chair by my bed
Tall mountains I’ve scaled
In the pages I’ve read
Seven oceans I’ve sailed.
Stories on pages
Picture it well
Only books can tell.
Jesse Damazo, age 14
During the eighteen months that we worked on this book (actually, the book worked through us), we were blessed to have many loving and supportive people associated with its production.
Special thanks to the “English policewoman,” Killeen Anderson, for her hours of editing and proofing; to Gina and DeeDee Romanello, and especially Michelle René Martin, for ongoing work effort; to Nancy Richard-Guilford for research and writing on “Just Ask”; to Nancy Mikaelian Madey for research and writing on “The Rock Club”; and to Sally Redd for photographic support.
From 7,800 stories that were submitted to us, we looked very seriously at 376 of them. With the help of the following people, who read for several weeks, we were able to cut that number down to a manageable 205, which were then sent to our readers for grading.
Thanks to the staff of Mark Victor Hansen’s office: Lisa Williams, DeeDee Romanello, Michelle René Martin, Trisha Holland, Gill Torres, Michelle Adams, Laurie Hartman, Paula Childers and Ami Garcia; and to Pam, Kyle and Jack Brown, Pattie and Makenna Buford, DeDe Moore, Megan Niedermeyer, Laurie Walker, Jody Sherman, Dawn Siemonsma and Kathi Fischer. Thanks to Sandy Asper and her seventh-grade classes at Ensign Intermediate School, and to Dee Mattern and her fourth-grade class, Cindy Branson-Waller and her sixth-grade class, and Shirley Kwan and her third- and fourth-grade classes at Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa, California. We send big thanks to Donna Thompson (we love you, Donna!) and her seventh- and eighth-grade classes at Riverchase Middle School in Birmingham, Alabama. Also: Virginia Becker, Jennifer and Angela Sarb, Jordan Curry, Jacob Hackler-Roy, Carol Kline, Meladee McCarty, Kim Kirberger, Nancy Siebert and her granddaughter, Brittney, Sara Krehbiel, and Elyse and Dana Wilhm—thanks to all of you.
We had over 375 kids take part in the reading and grading process to help create the book you now hold. We thank our own kids, Elisabeth and Melanie Hansen, Christopher Canfield, and Marleigh and Weston Dunlap, for hanging in there while we worked long hours and were away from you. To Kasey Mullins, thanks for saving our book when our computer crashed during the last hours of book production. To Eva Espinosa, thanks for keeping the home fires burning. To Kent Dunlap, thanks for letting us invade your home during the production of the book. Also: Sarah Mutt; Ma
Thanks to Georgia Noble for her gracious hospitality while we finished editing the book at Jack and Georgia’s house and offices. And, speaking of hospitality, many thanks to Clark Albright and the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel for hosting our out-of-town kids. You are fantastic! We also wish to thank the following people for their ongoing love and support:
Peter Vegso and Gary Seidler at Health Communications, Inc., for recognizing the value of our book from the beginning, and for getting it into the hands of millions of readers. Thank you, Peter and Gary!
Patty Aubery, who was always there when we needed guidance and advice, and who keeps the whole Chicken Soup for the Soul central office up and running in the middle of what always feels like a tornado of activity.
Nancy Mitchell, for her invaluable feedback as well as the outstanding job she always does in getting permissions for the stories, poems and cartoons—especially the hard-to-track-down ones. Thanks, Nancy, for hanging in there!
Heather McNamara, senior editor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, for helping with the readers’ evaluation, and for being there when we needed her.
Veronica Romero, Robin Yerian and Leslie Forbes, for helping to ensure that Jack’s office ran smoothly during the production of this book.
Rosalie Miller, who kept all of the communication flowing efficiently throughout this project. Your smiling face and never-ending encouragement have lightened our hearts.
Teresa Esparza, who brilliantly coordinated all of Jack’s travel, speaking, and radio and television appearances during this time.
Christine Belleris, Matthew Diener, Allison Janse and Lisa Drucker, our editors at Health Communications, for their generous efforts in bringing this book to its high state of excellence.
Randee Goldsmith, Chicken Soup for the Soul product manager at Health Communications, for her masterful coordination and support of all the Chicken Soup projects.
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