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Thursday, September 20, 2012

A NEW Anti-Bully and Inspirational Children's Series: The Legend of Captain McFinn and Friends by Phyllis Cafaro

Today, I have the most wonderful opportunity to share an amazing new anti-bully and inspirational series with you. McFinn Press has released a new series this year called
It is targeted for children in grade levels Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade (ages 3-8).

All of the books artwork is bright, capturing, storytelling and, for lack of a better word, amazing! My boys (ages 6 and 8) thoroughly enjoyed Captain McFinn and his friends quick adventures. We read all three books together and within minutes after reading, both of my boys began to have their own little "fish adventures" and talk about how cool it would be to hangout with nice friendly fish, especially a shark that wasn't so nice but learned how to not only be nicer, but become a better friend.

Each book also has a section in front introducing each of the characters that will be in the story. And in the back, there is always a "fun fact" page teaching you different things about ocean-life and how to take care of it. 

by Phyllis Cafaro
Release date: January 31st, 2012

Captain McFinn was once one of the biggest bullies on Sand Dusty Reef, but when he meets the Undersea Friends, he learns that being a friend is always better than being a bully.
Come along with Captain McFinn and Friends and see how McFinn, the bully, became Captain McFinn the leader and protector of Sand Dusty Reef.

This was such an enjoyable book - not only for my kids, but for myself too. In this first story, we learn how Captain McFinn overcomes his bully-ways, makes new friends and becomes 'captain' of the group. We learn that the best thing you can do is to always be the best version of yourself. No matter how others behave, you should always do what is best for not only yourself, but for everyone around you too. And that everyone has a little "Fin Power" within!

Captain McFinn and Friends Meet Coral Rose
by Phyllis Cafaro
Release date:  January 31st, 2012

Captain McFinn and Friends go on an adventure of discovery when they stumble upon a new ocean paradise where they meet their newest friend, Princess Coral Rose - Princess Between the Tides. 

In their next adventure, Captain McFinn and Friends meet Coral Rose - a girl that lives in the water and can heal coral reefs and all things and sea creatures that live in the ocean. 
We learn that we must work together to be eco-friendly, recycle, and to come up with ways to take better care of our oceans. 

One of my favorite quotes:
"But doing the right thing when we're scared is the bravest thing of all!"

And best of all, always remember to mind your manners!

by Phyllis Cafaro
Release date: June 6th, 2012

The day Captain McFinn and his Undersea Friends start a band, they learn about more than just making great music. 
When Bella feels left out, it takes some extra Finn Power to get everybody read for the big contest. 
Will hard work and friendship win the prize, or will Tox and the Barracuda Brothers ruin the fun? 

In their latest adventure, Captain McFinn and his friends decide to recycle some junk that was dumped into the ocean and create musical instruments and become a band. Wish a little help from Coral Rose's magical powers, they immediately put their instruments together and begin practicing. What we learn is, no matter how much fun we're having, we must not be selfish and we should be aware that everyone is being treated equally and are included in all the fun. Also, practicing and dedicated hard work always pays off in the end! 

Overall, this series is truly a fun way to teach our children how to be better people, how to be better friends and to also take care of not only themselves and each other, but to also consider how their actions will effect others and the environment. 

I highly recommend this series to everyone who has grade school kids in their lives and teachers too! 


"The vision of Captain McFinn and Friends is to inspire children to make a difference by doing their very best. Each adventure will show that by working together and taking responsibility for our actions and our environment, we can make the world a better place to live in, one child (and fish) at a time."

To learn more about Captain McFinn and all his friends, please visit the following links

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