I Want It Now!
Helping Children Cope With Frustration and Disappointment
by Chris Loftis
illustrated by Darryl Moore
With his birthday fast approaching, Billy wants nothing more than the awesome bike he sees in a catalog. However, with his father having been laid off and his mother working two jobs, they simply cannot afford such an expensive gift. Upon hearing the word “no,” Billy flies into a rage. However, when he talks to his parents about it later, he learns to compromise, realizing spending time with his family means more to him than a bike. His parents also promise to save what they can to someday buy the bike.
The touching story shows that some wishes and “gimmies” may not come true, yet the love that families share is the best gift of all.
Chris Loftis, the former head of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, is the vice president of the Foundation for Private Enterprise Education and the author of several children’s self-help books. He and his family live in Eatonville, Washington.
Darryl Moore, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, is a freelance illustrator and an elementary school art teacher in New York City. He lives in the Bronx, NY.
A Small Horizons "Let's Talk" Release
7 1/2 x 8 1/2, 48 pages/24 color illustrations
LC #2003100286, world rights
ISBN: 0-88282-237-3 (pb), $12.95