'Tiny Toba' teaches children gratitude
Linda Szyszkowski and Dan Clement co-wrote book on adventure, gratitude
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a Winnipeg couple wants to know what you're grateful for.
Husband and wife team Dan Clement and Linda Szyszkowski are the authors of Secret Adventures of Tiny Toba, a prize-winning children's book exploring the idea of gratitude and how to practice it.
The book tells the story of Tiny Toba, a small teddy bear who rode with Clement and Szyszkowski, on the pair's real-life cross-country road trip from Winnipeg to Newfoundland and Labrador.
"We found it was amazing all the people we met along the way," Szyszkowski said. "We were just so filled with gratitude."
The book is filled with characters the couple met on their travels and from past adventures, too. Both Szyszkowski and Clement are teachers, so it comes with a lesson plan and I-Spy activities for curious readers.
Szykowski said the concept of gratitude is something we should be thinking about all year round, not just on the holiday weekend.
"I find gratitude helps people open their hearts and realize all the things that they're thankful for in life and all the things that they're grateful for," she said.
Secret Adventures of TinyToba was published this spring, and recently received the Lost Prizes International Publishers Award from the University of Winnipeg and the International Centre for Innovation in Education.
The pair is at the St. Vital Chapter's location for a book signing Saturday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.