You Get What You Give

Children - Concept
32 Pages
Reviewed on 10/01/2013
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Author Biography

Terri Kelley, M.Ed, is the author of the series of Writing Is a Process books, many other children’s picture books, as well as of the chapter book series, Gingerly. Her passion for writing and reading began when she was a very young girl. She was raised in Copperas Cove, Texas where she grew up in the country with horses and lots of freedom to explore her environment. It was an idyllic childhood that allowed her to use her imagination daily.

Terri is the mother of three. Terri raised her kids in Granbury, TX and Tomball, TX. Both of these communities offered excellent schools and a country atmosphere that Terri enjoys. Terri still has ties to both towns as well as treasured friends in both places.

As an adult, Terri has held a couple of different careers. After twenty successful years in business-to-business sales, Terri decided to change careers and teach. Her first teaching job was with Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, TX. After a few years there, she became a teacher, a reading specialist, and a gifted and talented specialist in Tomball, TX. It was while she taught that she became aware of the kinds of books children enjoyed reading. She also noticed areas in need of good children’s books. You will find many of her books respond to these needs.

Terri is very happily married to her best friend, Michael. Together, they live in Oakridge, OR with their black Labrador, Oliver. Terri and Michael enjoy traveling together, fishing, going to the movies, treasure hunting (at garage sales and thrift stores), and, of course, reading great books. They have many good friends with whom they enjoy spending time as well.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite

Author Terri Kelley in her book, You Get What You Give, describes how young Steve faces disappointment and how he handles the frustrations of dealing with friends. Steve feels angry when he visits his neighbors only to find no one at home. He is upset because they failed to tell him they wouldn't be there. Steve thought they should know that he wanted to play with them. His mother was shocked by his unkind attitude upon his return back home. Steve's behavior caught her by surprise and she tried to explain to him that this situation could have been avoided with clearer communication. Steve's mother explains, "You get what you give in life and friendship is something that you earn."

His mother's words rolled over and over in Steve's mind. Steve made some wise decisions at that moment and he changed his way of thinking, called his friends later that evening, and invited them to come over and play the next day. The next day, Steve looked outside and found a wonderful surprise in the way his friends responded to his changed attitude. Steve learned a great and valuable lesson it seems. He learned, "You Get What You Give" and he decided to always give more of himself from now on.

Author Terri Kelley does a wonderful job of explaining how a mother can instill strong and important values of respect, good manners, and caring within her child. Illustrator Alexandra Bundo portrays this story in a very colorful form to allow the reader to envision what is taking place. This would be a great book to be included as a bedtime story, and also within school libraries for children to learn responsibility, the value of friendship, and courtesy.