Dr. Seuss meets Tony Robbins in this children’s book with implications for all of us. Growth mindset, self-efficacy, empathy, and the power of connection are all highlighted in this sure to be classic. Dizzy the Dolphin meets Mindful the Monkey after an unlikely chain of events. Lives are transformed as a friendship evolves in a masterpiece that will touch your heart in ways that children's books rarely do.
CURRICULUM AND CLASSROOM DISCUSSION
Dolphins in Trees is a masterful jumping off point for discussions about relationships, culture, decision making, growth mindset and more. This story is a curriculum gold mine disguised as a Children's Book. Visit our blog and share, borrow, and build upon ideas from other educators who are utilizing this tool in their classrooms k-12.
Aaron Polansky’s DOLPHINS IN TREES is a beautiful metaphor for educators. We not only need to be mindful to help others — in turn, we may elevate their thinking. One sentence (“We miss all of the chances that we never take.”) perfectly challenges us to be role models for both our peers and students. Don’t let the guise of children’s literature fool you: DOLPHINS IN TREES has the power to recalibrate your mission as an educator.
Simple. Beautiful. Profound.
2018 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year
Aaron’s exudes enthusiasm and compassion for others in his life and it comes through in the pages of his book Dolphins in Trees. With underlying themes of family, helping others, and taking risks, Aaron brings to us a heartfelt story that resonates with all ages. His work, Dolphins in Trees, effectively illustrates the positive impact one person can make on another through selflessness and connection. Similarly, as an educational leader, Aaron puts his students first, learns their stories, and celebrates their successes; but most importantly every day he models the impact of using simple words of “Are you okay?” Three simple words, that can change a course of a life.
Dr. Maureen Cohen
Thought Leader and 2012 NASSP National Finalist Assistant Principal of the Year
This clever story is fun, heartwarming and a reminder that there is always something we can do for others. An unlikely encounter leads to the awareness that everyone has value and purpose in life. This book encourages children to want to do even more for others and give everyone a chance. It is true, kindness is contagious.
Dr. Judith Warden
CEO, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence