Enemy Pie Book Review

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Enemy Pie

Derek Munson

Tara King

4 - 10 years

Friendship, Problem-Solving, Bullying, Judgement, Respect

Story overview

The story is narrated by a young boy. He was looking forward to a really great summer. That was until Jeremy Ross moved into the neighborhood!!

After laughing at him when he struck him out at baseball and not inviting him to his trampoline party, Jeremy Ross became the first person on the boy's enemy list. 

He talked to his dad about his problem. His dad said he has a sure fire but secret way of getting rid of enemies. Enemy Pie!!

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Yesterday afternoon The I Have a Name Project and Let's Be Better Humans campaign had planned on delivering cold water to our homeless neighbors. As temperatures in Phoenix climbed above 110 degrees we began loading the bus.

Then, a man whom we were familiar with, approached looking a bit disoriented, very disheveled, thin and gingerly walking across asphalt that can be up to 40 or 50 degrees warmer than the outside temperature– wearing only a pair of worn through socks.

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My daughter's wedding was Saturday. I can't even begin to write all the stories of kindness, but on the day of, I had so many things to do it was impossible. I had to pick up the cake, macarons, candles, baskets, all in different towns. I left early, drove out, got there, and didn't have my wallet!!! I was not going to make it home and back to do everything. 

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Treat everyone as if they're your best friend. Speak kindly, encourage and help where you can. With an attitude of LOVE you can touch the heart of every stranger. - quote

I was so excited that my childhood friend from Sweden was in Sydney with her family and making the effort to fly to Melbourne to see me.

On the morning of her arrival, I set off to drop my son at school before going to the airport. He was driving and as we sat at the lights, the driver next to us honked and pointed at the ground at the front of our car. We wound down the window and he informed us that the tyre was flat. We thanked him for letting us know. As we drove to the closest service station to investigate, my son said he thought the steering felt a bit strange.

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One year at Christmas my husband and I dropped one of our cars off for service and headed out to shop. Earlier in the week I had contacted the local elementary school to see if there was a child in need. I was told about a little boy who didn’t even have socks to wear with his shoes in the winter. We shopped for our children and spent a little over $150 on the little boy. read more →

Parents have to model good behavior to their kids, not just give it lip service. - quote

I offered a little old lady some of our leftover muffins when I noticed she had accidentally dropped hers on the floor at the restaurant. read more →

My Mum took us into the city for a night as a treat over the school holidays. read more →

When we flew home recently, the airline somehow mixed our seats up. My daughter and I were on opposite sides of the plane, 9 rows apart, on a full flight. read more →

If you have much, give your wealth. If you have little, give your heart. Quote

When I was a new young, single Mom, my son was always sick. They weren’t sure what was wrong with him but we were always at the doctors and getting medication.

My work was limited because I was spending so much time with him at the doctors.

Anyhow, one day I was at the pharmacy trying to fill his prescription and there had been an error. It was taking forever and many people were in line behind me. The frustration was escalating for everyone and the pharmacist said I could just pay for the prescription (that was supposed to be covered 100%) and get reimbursed later. The problem was I didn’t have any money. read more →

Teaching character traits at home and in the classroom

It’s a given that most parents want their children to grow up with good values and character traits. Kindness, compassion, perseverance and honesty are just some of the traits we want to instill in our kids. But how are character traits developed?


Charles Starkey, Associate Professor of Philosophy studies emotion theory and moral psychology. He says that character traits are determined by our values but that emotions also play a huge role. In short, kids need emotional intelligence and to see positive character traits in others to adopt them.

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Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. – Muhammad Ali

My dear friend Kim had a cold/sinus, something going on a few months ago. It turns out that even though all we had done was text, I had it in a day or two. read more →

Everyone can have a positive impact on someone else’s life and this teacher is showing kids just how important it can be.  Continue Reading