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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-912507-0
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 48 pages
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    • 978-1-03-912508-7
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 48 pages
  • Keywords
    • Hearts and Minds Matter,
    • Emotional quotient,
    • Emotional intelligence,
    • Friendship,
    • Self-awareness,
    • Personal development,
    • Self-improvement

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How To Be A Great Elephant
by Beth Parker and Jackie Eldridge

How To Be a Great Elephant follows the story of EQ—a little elephant who wants to make a big impact on the world. After looking at all the ways that others become GREAT, EQ gets an idea. Inventing a flying suit will surely do the trick. There is only one problem: EQ has to help out his friend Frankie, the flamingo. It means that working on being great has to be put on hold. But as EQ and Frankie work towards building a flying suit together, the two talk about their goals, share their feelings, and resolve their differences cooperatively. In the end, both discover “greatness” isn’t always about who’s the smartest, the fastest, or even the strongest. It’s the emotional intelligence qualities of empathy, understanding, and honouring each other that makes a great elephant (and a great flamingo) after all! How To Be a Great Elephant teaches children the major components of emotional intelligence: - Self-perception - Self-expression - Interpersonal relationships - Decision making - Stress tolerance

“Teaching the skills of emotional intelligence during early childhood is one of the most important things educators and parents can do to help children achieve success in life. “This book is a rare find! It makes the core components easy to relate to by presenting them from a child’s perspective—with honesty, humour, and thoughtfulness.” —Denise McLafferty Educational Consutant, Author, Retired Principal

Jackie Eldridge (Ed.D.) is the co-founder of Hearts and Minds Matter—a professional development company that teaches educators and parents about the importance of building inclusion and community through emotional intelligence, resilience, effective instruction, and mindfulness. Jackie believes that emotional intelligence and resilience are key skills children must develop in order to grow and be successful in the 21st century. Jackie also teaches this content in her courses at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, as she guides future teachers in ways to create safe spaces for all children. For more information, visit Beth Parker (MA) is a Canadian author and ghost writer for publishers across North America. She is also a member of the Toronto Water Colour Society. Her artwork has been exhibited and sold in Toronto, Muskoka, and Haliburton, Ontario where she loves to paint. For more information, visit In order to help children better understand emotional intelligence, Jackie and Beth have created a set of 30 emotional intelligence cards. Each card, illustrated to accompany the book, presents a daily intention for practicing skills.


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