Children’s Book – The Pirate who loved Flip Flops

What is your heart’s desire? What makes it sing? Do you express yourself by collecting special treasures? Which pieces of positivity bring you the most happiness?

Often, these feelings can be silenced by those who want to discourage you. Since THEY do not know their true I AM, they look to create false power by bullying others. Their false belief is that bullying will bring them the attention and strength they desperately want.

Mackenzie (also known as Black Mack the Pirate) uses her emotional intelligence to make big changes in the way her fellow pirates do business after encountering some who happen to be bullies. By sheer courage, wit, and self-confidence, she challenges their outdated modes of unruliness and gets them to reconsider their ways while making the pirate world flip backward. 

Dana Fikes’ imaginative debut spotlights a fearless and free-spirited girl who also happens to be a pirate. Her fantastical tale of heroism combines themes of diversity and inclusion while celebrating similarities and differences.  She engages young children in the early stages of developing social competencies via dialogue. 

When we encourage child-centered learning with big ideas such as multiculturalism, we allow them to be hands-on in the ethical and constructive choices about their own personal and social behavior.  In doing so, they can purposefully build their capacity for empathy while developing leadership qualities that allow them to be accepting of others. This acceptance will help them build a community of cool kids who care for them and each other.

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