Dr. Laura Schlessinger's but I Waaannt It!

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9780060289584: Dr. Laura Schlessinger's but I Waaannt It!

A new picture book from Dr. Laura Schlessinger, radio personality and bestselling author of the #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller Why Do You Love Me?

Sammy and Mother have gone shopping to buy a birthday pres- ent for Sammy's cousin, but Sammy wants every stuffed animal in the store for himself. He's convinced that having all of them will make him very happy, until Mother helps Sammy discover what's really important in life.

In her follow-up to Why Do You Love Me?, Dr. Laura shows one family's creative solution to a universal childhood dilemma. Like Why Do You Love Me?, But I Waaannt It! is intended for parents and children to read together, to open the door to discussions about why we want things and what brings true happiness.

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In her latest children's book, popular radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger turns her attention to the dreaded child-in-a-toy-store phenomenon. The temptations for young Sammy (protagonist of Dr. Laura's earlier bestselling title, Why Do You Love Me?) prove to be too much when he accompanies his mother to the toy store to select a gift for his two-year-old cousin. "But I waaannt it!" Sammy whines, clinging to an armful of stuffed animals. "Having them all will make me so verrry happy." In a strategic (and wallet-emptying) maneuver, Sammy's mother buys him everything he wants, trusting that, once home with the overwhelmingly excessive menagerie, he will somehow learn a lesson. And in this story, the lesson he learns is that things do not have the power to make people happy. As his mother says, "It's how special something or someone is to you that makes you happy." This picture book is no more pleasant to read than it is to see a child whining in a store, but if its lesson sinks in, parents everywhere will breathe a sigh of relief. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

Dr. Laura Schlessinger holds a post-doctoral certification in marriage, family, and child therapy and is licensed by the state of California as a marriage and family therapist. She is the author of the best-selling children's book Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It!, and best-selling adult books The Ten Commandments (with Rabbi Stewart Vogel), How Could You Do That?, Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives, and Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives. She has the number one radio show in America, which is syndicated in 450 cities and is heard by 18 million people each weekday. In September 2000, Dr. Laura will launch a daily television show, syndicated by Paramount Domestic Television. Dr. Laura lives with her son, Deryk, and her husband, Dr. Lewis Bishop, in southern California.

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