Arts & Life
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This article was published 25/2/2015 (1961 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I spent a couple of hours Tuesday scouring my house from top to bottom searching for the perfect book to read to the kids in Bonnie Slobodian's Grade 6 class at St. Alphonsus School in East Kildonan.
That is how I stumbled on an old dog-eared copy of Life's Little Instruction Book, which inspirational author H. Jackson Brown Jr. wrote in 1991 as a gift for his son, Adam, who was heading off for his first year at college.
This famous little book contains 511 suggestions -- "1. Compliment three people every day... 511. Call your mother" -- on how to live a happy and rewarding life.
Which is when I got the genius idea to read some of Brown's advice to the Grade 6 kids as part of I Love to Read Month in exchange for them writing their own instruction book on how to find true happiness.
Prepare to be filled with joy, because the kids dug even deeper than I expected. Here's their unedited but heart-felt guide for turning that (bad word) frown upside down:
-- Rule No. 18 -- "Life's Construction Book: Listen to your parents ... Life's short. Enjoy it." -- Ella, 11, Grade 6
I don't think there's anything I could add to this list, but if there was, it would be Rule No. 20 -- Always keep a box of tissues handy, because sometimes the stuff kids come up with makes your eyeballs get all squishy.
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