How to Have Habit is a very funny teaching tale in verse for kids between 7 and 13 years. Filled with truly hysterical illustrations, this mind-numbing, toe-tapping tale of a train of bad habits acquired by Cabot because he ran out of things to do is quite inspirational. By taking the acquired habits to a foolish, and dangerous extreme, Cabot finally succeeds in actually scaring himself into remission of bad habits, after a thorough peek into the mirror of a pond. Each foolish, silly, or dangerous habit is suggested by another animal friend in succession as a remedy for the previous annoying or even harmful habit. So Cabot progresses from eating grass, to chewing toenails, to putting clothespins on his body, to even smoking, and wearing dirty dishes on his head. Finally, after madly fleeing from the terrifying vision of a monster that is actually himself glimpsed in the water, Cabot comes to the realization that What I do from now on .... is all up to ME!. A magical mating of comic verse and ridiculous exaggerated illustrations make How To Have a Habit the most memorable teaching tale in a long, long time. --Midwest Book Reviews
He is happy to come to regional schools to present the book in a slide presentation to 4th and 5th grade students with a discussion of "Habits" (with a capital "H") and the importance of being a discerning consumer.
S. Todd Stolp MD is a physician and father of three who ran a full-spectrum rural family practice in northern California for twenty years, and then served as the Public Health Officer for Tuolumne County, California, for 12 years. During his public health career, Dr. Stolp worked on statewide and national public health committees, did overseas work on Ebola and statewide work on Zika as well as research and consultations on issues from Native American tobacco use to suicide. During his years of medical practice, he coauthored and illustrated four children's books addressing a range of topics from the medical exam to vaccinations and habitual behavior. He has often spoken at conferences on topics related to health literacy, with an emphasis on good science made more palatable with a generous dose of humor. He now operates STS Studios in Sonora, California, fighting the urge to laugh by producing media messages about the adventures of his career and lessons learned while raising three children, all with the aim of advancing health literacy.
A well-written, funny book about healthy choices and peer pressure. A fantastic teaching tool for your classroom or library!
Cabot, a blue critter with black spiky hair, goes fishing. When he loses his fishing pole in the water, he quickly becomes bored. With an empty mind and time to kill, he starts to make some poor decisions. He begins by eating grass, and then (with suggestions from a variety of friends) moves on to biting his nails (and his friend s nails), clipping clothespins to his nose and tail, and bonking himself on his nose with a bat. One habit leads to the next and, when a sly snake suggests that he try smoking a cigarette, a frog is very quick to explain why smoking is a bad choice for a habit. Nevertheless, Cabot continues to smoke until his throat dries out and he begins to cough. When he spots his reflection in a lake where he has come to get a drink of water, he sees a monster. The green grass in his teeth, the peg clipped to his nose, and the bitten nails have altered his appearance and he has become unrecognizable. Afraid of the monster he sees in his reflection, Cabot makes a run for it and ultimately outruns his habits. Authors Todd Stolp, Robin Voss, and Neil Shulman who also collectively wrote The Germ Patrol (RX Humor, 1998) have put together this catchy, rhyming, picture book with a principled message on the importance of making well-informed, healthy, and smart choices. The playful digital illustrations certainly provide a visual on just how yucky some of these habits can be. How to Have a Habit would certainly work well as a conversation starter on peer pressure and making smart and healthy choices. --The Children's Book Review