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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Nina is usually calm and relaxed but now she has to make a difficult decision. After taking a nap, she decides to call on her friends for help. Juan could help as he always did the right thing, taking his parents and their values into account. Thuy always considered other people’s feelings and how her decisions would affect them. Trace always based his decisions on how they would help him to achieve his goals. Ford was always true to himself and his individuality was important to him in making decisions. Sissy always made sure that she was safe and her decisions were based on her personal security. Sven would consider all his options before making a decision to ensure that he took everything into account. Cate had a strong sense of justice and would always protect her friends. Nina realized that she had incredible friends, each with their own unique strength. Author R. Karl Hebenstreit has created a magnificent tool for educating children when faced with difficult decisions, as does Nina and the Really, Really Tough Decision.
This interesting little book is a must for all children. In addition to the story of Nina and her friends, author R. Karl Hebenstreit also includes a guide to decision-making and questions for the reader to answer. Nina and the Really, Really Tough Decision teaches readers about the different archetypal personality orientations and creates an awareness of each. Bringing these various personalities together helps us to understand diversity and the benefits thereof. Emotional intelligence is an important skill for everyone to learn and practice, especially in our technology-filled world. The book is beautifully illustrated and well-written. I highly recommend it for all children – and some adults.