The Cheetah Stories

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Meet the cheetah cubs Chelsea, Chadwick, Christina, Chevron, and Charlotte, five gifted youngsters who exhibit exceptionalities across the spectrum of ability. Chelsea is creative and invents ways to make games more fun, Chadwick is athletically gifted but must hold himself back so that his friends can keep up, Christina is so perfectionistic that she has trouble keeping perspective about what makes something fun, Chevron is so curious and absorbed in the world around him that his friends often leave him alone so that they can play at their own games, and Charlotte is sensitive and easily upset by perceived injustices. Together, these cubs illustrate several of the difficulties commonly encountered by gifted children, and yet they all also demonstrate how to deal with such issues in a positive and often a proactive way.

The cheetah cubs are based on renowned author Stephanie Tolan's now-famous cheetah metaphor for gifted children. Cheetahs are the fastest animal in the world, but if we put restrictions on them and hold them back, Tolan posits, would they still be cheetahs? If a cheetah was caged and never allowed to run, would it be a cheetah? If a cheetah were fed only zoo chow so that it was left undernourished, would it still be a cheetah? If a cheetah never learned how to be a proper cheetah, would we ever say that it was not, in fact, a cheetah?

The answer, of course, is no. Holding gifted children back in school, giving them only dumbed-down books to read (the intellectual equivalent of zoo chow), or refusing to acknowledge their gifts does not make these children any less gifted. But nor does being gifted make them immediately able to deal with all difficulties that come their way. They need nurturing and guidance to reach their full potential, just like any other children.

These illustrated picture books are for young gifted children who need help understanding the difficulties that come with their gifts and who must learn to appreciate their strengths rather than focus on their struggles. Each book tells an engaging story, which is followed by pages for the child that contain questions and activities for the child to enjoy, as well as pages for parents that offer information about the topic at hand and tips about what to talk about with the child. These books are an important first step toward enabling gifted children to feel good about themselves for exactly who they are.

Readers may also want to check out Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness by Stephanie S. Tolan, which contains, among other interesting and enlightening writings, Tolan's cheetah essay.

Meet the cheetah cubs Chelsea, Chadwick, Christina, Chevron, and Charlotte, five gifted youngsters who exhibit exceptionalities across the spectrum of ability. Chelsea is creative and invents ways to make games more fun, Chadwick is athletically gifted but must hold himself back so that his friends can keep up, Christina is so perfectionistic that she has trouble keeping perspective about what makes something fun, Chevron is so curious and absorbed in the world around him that his friends often leave him alone so that they can play at their own games, and Charlotte is sensitive and easily upset by perceived injustices. Together, these cubs illustrate several of the difficulties commonly encountered by gifted children, and yet they all also demonstrate how to deal with such issues in a positive and often a proactive way.

The cheetah cubs are based on renowned author Stephanie Tolan's now-famous cheetah metaphor for gifted children. Cheetahs are the fastest animal in the world, but if we put restrictions on them and hold them back, Tolan posits, would they still be cheetahs? If a cheetah was caged and never allowed to run, would it be a cheetah? If a cheetah were fed only zoo chow so that it was left undernourished, would it still be a cheetah? If a cheetah never learned how to be a proper cheetah, would we ever say that it was not, in fact, a cheetah?

The answer, of course, is no. Holding gifted children back in school, giving them only dumbed-down books to read (the intellectual equivalent of zoo chow), or refusing to acknowledge their gifts does not make these children any less gifted. But nor does being gifted make them immediately able to deal with all difficulties that come their way. They need nurturing and guidance to reach their full potential, just like any other children.

These illustrated picture books are for young gifted children who need help understanding the difficulties that come with their gifts and who must learn to appreciate their strengths rather than focus on their struggles. Each book tells an engaging story, which is followed by pages for the child that contain questions and activities for the child to enjoy, as well as pages for parents (or teachers) that offer information about the topic at hand and tips about what to talk about with the child. These books are an important first step toward enabling gifted children to feel good about themselves for exactly who they are.

Readers may also want to check out Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness by Stephanie S. Tolan, which contains, among other interesting and enlightening writings, Tolan's cheetah essay.

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Ready or Not, Here I Come!

Author: van Donge, Gloria

Subjects: Creativity; Giftedness

Age: 4, 5, 6, 7

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-0-88092-933-2

Order code: 9332

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

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Chelsea is a gifted and creative cheetah cub with a brilliant plan to hide in plain sight during a spirited game of Hide and Seek. All she needs is a can of black paint and some help from her friend Tiger. Her solution, however, means she could be accused of cheating by changing the rules of the game.

Chelsea is a gifted and creative cheetah cub with a brilliant plan to hide in plain sight during a spirited game of Hide and Seek. All she needs is a can of black paint and some help from her friend Tiger. Her solution, however, means she could be accused of cheating by changing the rules of the game.

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Custom Built

Author: van Donge, Gloria

Subjects: Friendship; Giftedness

Age: 4, 5, 6, 7

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-0-88092-934-9

Order code: 9349

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

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Chadwick is an athletically gifted cheetah cub who loves to tumble, jump rope, and sprint. The trouble is that his friend Tiger can’t do those things well. Chadwick wants to help Tiger achieve at the same level, but Tiger simply is not built the same. Chadwick thinks that friendship is based on doing the same things, so he holds back in order to be a good friend.

Chadwick is an athletically gifted cheetah cub who loves to tumble, jump rope, and sprint. The trouble is that his friend Tiger can’t do those things well. Chadwick wants to help Tiger achieve at the same level, but Tiger simply is not built the same. Chadwick thinks that friendship is based on doing the same things, so he holds back in order to be a good friend.

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Color My Boots

Author: van Donge, Gloria

Subjects: Giftedness; Perfectionism

Age: 4, 5, 6, 7

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

Pages: 36

ISBN: 978-0-88092-935-6

Order code: 9356

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

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From the moment Christina puts on her shiny white boots, she wants to do everything perfectly, but it isn’t that kind of a day. Paw painting is meant to be fun, but Christina is a meticulous gifted cheetah cub who is so consumed with being perfect that she almost misses the opportunity to turn disaster into success.

From the moment Christina puts on her shiny white boots, she wants to do everything perfectly, but it isn’t that kind of a day. Paw painting is meant to be fun, but Christina is a meticulous gifted cheetah cub who is so consumed with being perfect that she almost misses the opportunity to turn disaster into success.

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Catch On

Author: van Donge, Gloria

Subjects: Problem Solving; Giftedness

Age: 4, 5, 6, 7

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

Pages: 36

ISBN: 978-0-88092-936-3

Order code: 9363

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

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Chevron, a gifted cheetah cub who loves to count and record shapes, finds such pleasure in learning that he wants his friends to benefit from what he finds. Unfortunately, they are uninterested. Because he approaches things in a different way than they do, he is able to use his problem-solving skills so that they can have heaps of fun together.

Chevron, a gifted cheetah cub who loves to count and record shapes, finds such pleasure in learning that he wants his friends to benefit from what he finds. Unfortunately, they are uninterested. Because he approaches things in a different way than they do, he is able to use his problem-solving skills so that they can have heaps of fun together.

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Can You Believe It?

Author: van Donge, Gloria

Subjects: Giftedness; Sensitivity

Age: 4, 5, 6, 7

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-0-88092-937-0

Order code: 9370

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

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Charlotte is an intuitively gifted cheetah cub. She is empathetic and has an enhanced sense of fairness. When her friends spoil a game that Charlotte’s friend Chelsea invents, Charlotte is upset on Chelsea’s behalf. She must learn to find ways to manage her strong emotions and put things in their proper perspective.

Charlotte is an intuitively gifted cheetah cub. She is empathetic and has an enhanced sense of fairness. When her friends spoil a game that Charlotte’s friend Chelsea invents, Charlotte is upset on Chelsea’s behalf. She must learn to find ways to manage her strong emotions and put things in their proper perspective.

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Set of All Five Books in the Cheetah Stories Series

Author: van Donge, Gloria

Age: 4, 5, 6, 7

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

Order code: 9332S

Price: $75.00
Website price: $40.00

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This is a set of all five books in the Cheetah Stories series, offered at a discounted price.

This is a set of all five books in the Cheetah Stories series, offered at a discounted price.

Note: Unlike the print books, the Cheetah Stories ibook contains all five cheetah stories in a single book. 

Set of All Five Books in the Cheetah Stories Series Cover

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