Girl Learns Valuable Lesson About How to Be Cool in New Book by Robert Degnan

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A young girl learns exactly what it takes to be cool when she helps a classmate in this new children’s book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Fife’s Lessons: The Tao of Cool” by Robert Degnan.

Expressive illustrations by Jason Robert LeClair pair seamlessly with the story’s message about treating others with kindness – the true way to be cool.

Being considered cool is more than a state of mind at an elementary school – it’s a matter of survival. Kids can be cruel to each other. Fifer enjoys being a cool kid at her school. Everyone thinks her parents are cool, and who wouldn’t – her dad plays in a band and her mom is hip beyond compare! But life isn’t just about being cool, as this new book reveals, and being cool is more than knowing the latest dance or driving in an earth-friendly sports car. How people treat each other is the way to be cool.

“Fife’s Lessons: The Tao of Cool” tells the story of Fifer and the new kid at her school, Jimmy. Kids are spreading mean rumors about him – like eating worms for breakfast and being an alien – and nobody wants to sit by him. His appearance doesn’t help. Jimmy wears crooked glasses, his clothes don’t fit and he never talks. One day Fifer must be his partner, and boy is she embarrassed. Class does not go well, but the trouble doesn’t stop there.

Her parents are just as disappointed in Fifer’s behavior with Jimmy as her teacher is. Through this, they remind Fifer that it was just a year ago that she was the lonely new girl at school. Fifer vows to have a new attitude about Jimmy, and once she recognizes his true talent, things turn around for the lonely boy. Expressive illustrations by Jason Robert LeClair pair seamlessly with the story’s message about treating others with kindness – the true way to be cool.

Author Robert Degnan, an elementary school teacher with a daughter, knows how kids think. Robert, who also works as a professional musician, founded Rhythmic Journey, leading drum circles in schools, businesses and the community to promote the inner child in everyone. He and his wife and daughter live in Rhode Island.

Illustrator Jason Robert LeClair has created work for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Pawtucket Public Library and RI Library Association. He also has designed sets and served as a theatrical director and painter.

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Fife’s Lessons: The Tao of Cool
Robert Degnan
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1996-3            
38 pages                 
$14.99 US

Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

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