Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up 2nd Edition (Hard Cover)


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In Ray & Shark Patch Things Up, a little stingray is playing in the water as his boating friends delight in watching from their boat. When a bull shark mistakes all the commotion for a yummy lunch, it sets off a chain of events that results in the most unlikely teamwork on the seven seas and it serves to patch things up for readers of this ray & shark book.

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This shark encounter demonstrates the very real fear that comes with mistaken beliefs about and prejudices against sharks. At the end of this story, kids have a new appreciation for these endangered fish. Children learn that sharks are helpful creatures in need of respect. The adoption of wildlife-friendly practices is sure to follow.  24 pages. ISBN 09798985566628. Publication Date May 5, 2022.

17 reviews for Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up 2nd Edition (Hard Cover)

  1. Little Ray Children’s Books

    August Arvin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Teamwork
    Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2012
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    The second book in the “Little Ray” series, “Little Ray and Shark Patch Things Up” brings the importance of teamwork to a level of understanding that even very young children can learn. The author quotes, “Sometimes when we trip or fumble, Teamwork may just stop our stumble.” V.R.Duin, becoming a master of rhyme that the youngest child can grasp and adults can enjoy reading to them, makes learning about teamwork fun and even exciting. I highly recommend this little book for not only the story with a great message but the expressive illustrations as well which will delight any child or adult reading this book. I give it 5 stars! Enjoy!

  2. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Beverly Lynnt
    5.0 out of 5 stars Partnership
    Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2012
    Solving problems is a very important skill for children to learn. Little Ray turns tense to fun. I found this to be a delightful story. It is written in the type of rhyme that has rhythm. It wouldn’t take much for the children to chime in. I know my own children loved meter as well as rhyme. As a former teacher, I immediately thought of many ways to incorporate this story into some lesson plans. It’s a great launch piece and you could move right into a lesson pointing out how inaccurate first impressions can be. Another lesson would be on cooperation in solving problems. Little Ray and the shark worked together to solve the problem. Everyone deserves second chances. The shark wasn’t such a bad guy after all. And so on. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and whimsical. They are going to catch your child’s eye.

  3. Little Ray Children’s Books

    T. N. Craine
    5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves Little Ray
    Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2012
    I have been reading this series to my daughter for the past couple of years and she loves these books. If you want to read a great series that covers many topics like bullying and other social issues then this is the book for you!

  4. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Willow Rose
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons From Little Ray For Grown-Ups Also!
    Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2012
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    The bright, colorful illustrations and creative rhyming text makes “Little Ray and Shark Patch Things Up,” by V.R. Duin a joy to read not only for children but grown-ups too! Children are not the only ones who find their seemingly harmless goofing off has put themselves and their friends in peril. The remorse Little Ray feels when his antics endanger his friends is an emotion even the threatening shark seems to relate to and a bridge to safety is built as Little Ray uses his own body as a “patch”; a clever play on the title older children can appreciate and delight in.
    The ensuing friendship and mutual concerns for safety shared by Little Ray and Shark save the day; thus a valuable lesson is taught so cleverly and enjoyably the characters leave a truly lasting impression as well as a lesson on even more subtle real-life situations such as hope, awareness, thinking “outside the box,” overcoming stereotyping, and, of course, the importance of working together to solve a problem. Although this was my first encounter with Little Ray; as an educator and lover of well-written adventures, this certainly will not be my last! I am now an avid fan and look forward to V.R.Duin’s talented gift of amazingly human characters paired with Bonnie Lemaire’s vibrant illustrations.

  5. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Angela Jones Slusher
    5.0 out of 5 stars How Little Ray can change a life.
    Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2012
    Just finished reading Little Ray and Shark Patch.
    We all strive to be our truest highest selves in life and children are our top priority.
    The Author of Little Ray, V.R.Duin captures a child’s imagination from the start.
    Little Ray’s adorable character feeds and nurtures each young mind to soar,dream,and hope, in addition to
    the beautiful illustrations allowing each child to soar! True GOLD and worthy of any child’s
    attention! Little Ray and Shark Patch Things Up

  6. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars How to patch things up
    Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2012
    Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up is an anti-bullying book like no other. It will offend no one when Shark and Little Ray unite.

  7. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Warren Brams
    5.0 out of 5 stars Litte Ray and Shark patch things up
    Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2013
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    This book was a present for a 6-year old boy who loves animals. He loved the book and it was a perfect level for him to read with help. I thought the book teaches good moral lessons and was beautifully illustrated.

  8. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Lois June Wickstrom
    5.0 out of 5 stars Title is a Charming Pun
    Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2013
    Little Ray has a talent for trouble, even though he means well. In this adventure, his antics accidentally attract a shark who then damages Little Ray’s friends’ boat. The boat is sinking. The shark swims round for a 2nd attack. Just as he did in the 1st book, Little Ray uses his brain and his body to solve the problem. He uses his body as a patch to stop the leak. Still, the shark approaches. Little Ray’s efforts could be for naught. Hey –this is a V.R. Duin book. She is my friend. She wouldn’t let that happen! Surprisingly the shark has a change of heart, and instead of attacking the boat, he tows the boat to shore. Little Ray not only patched up the boat, he also patched up his relationship with the shark. Former enemies can become friends. There’s no point in expecting the past to repeat itself. People who have been mean can do nice things. Enjoy them, when they do. That’s a lot to fit into a picture book. I hope it prompts discussions in families and classrooms.

  9. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars fun and funny
    Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2013
    Little Ray is a smart character! We continue to love the way he thinks! Lots of thoughts about how to help! His quick thinking to be a patch made my son laugh! Also- We liked the twist of the enemy shark. As he became the helper in the end. We are excited to read the next adventure with Little Ray!

  10. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Rod Ellis
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Stories
    Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2013
    This is a powerful story for children and parents. Stories have an almost magical way of shaping thinking and values in ways that parental lectures and advice cannot. Noted psychiatrist Lewis Mehl-Madrona observes:

    Any student can tell you that what psychologist Theodore Sarbin called paradigmatic memories, or isolated facts, are much harder to recall. This is because they have no context, no emotional coloring, no meaning or purpose, or no arousal/activation value. They don’t hold our interest. They don’t motivate or inspire us to action. A number of developmental psychologists have determined that you have to engage children’s interests first before you can teach them anything.

    Mehl-Madrona, Lewis, M.D., Ph.D. (2010-06-18). Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry (p. 46). Inner Traditions Bear & Company. Kindle Edition.

    Stories “stick” with children and help them develop belief systems that structure their own positive stories about how life can be. “Little Ray and Shark” is such a story, teaching us the importance of forgiveness, looking beyond our fear of the “other”, and of teamwork. As a therapist who helps people write and rewrite the mental “stories” that shape their lives, I recommend it highly.

  11. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Bridget A. Robertson
    5.0 out of 5 stars a marvelous story of courage and teamwork.
    Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2013
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    I love many children’s books. Often, they are much better at teaching children the values that matter. This book is one of the best. Not only is Little Ray brave he also makes an unusual ally. In the end children can leave with a sense that they matter and brave choices are rewarded. What a wonderful way for children and adults to remember the simple acts of kindness.

  12. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Michael T
    5.0 out of 5 stars Words on the story, words for the wise
    Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2013
    Stingrays have stingers and along with that they have venom, but Little Ray is known for having his head in the clouds and because of that I am not sure that he would think of using his stinger and venom except to escape being eaten. Sharks on the other hand are known to cause a scare and that is rightfully so, except when you are in Little Ray’s Ocean.

    This beautiful collection of words and exquisite illustrations down-right ROCK, and together they tell a story that is no more easily reviewed than a painting in The National Gallery of Art. I am fond of this Author, as one will expect after reading my review of The Amazing Flight of Little Ray and also The Foxy Armadillos, and it is because of this type of great work done here.

  13. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love to read about Little Ray’s adventures!
    Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2013
    V.R. Duin books have a depth to them that I love. When reading the stories to my kids there are so many things they can learn from them. Little Ray and the Shark Patch Things Up is no exception. My kids enjoy it as a story, and as I read I am able to point things out to them, like cause and effect of actions, and being aware of your surroundings. These are extra important things my son needs to learn, as he has Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder and he has poor body awareness and does not think about his actions and their effects on others, rather it is something we are working hard to teach him. By seeing the predicament his favorite book character, Little Ray, accidentally gets himself into and how Little Ray thinks about what the cause could be and changes his actions and turns the situation around … It makes this story a wonderful learning experience and teaches that we can turn around even seemingly hopeless situations for the better through awareness, teamwork, and a little luck.

  14. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars Cooperation Saves the Day
    Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2015
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    A fun outing turns scary until Little Ray helps save the boat! This story has nifty pictures and a good lesson about cooperation and safety. Little Ray and the shark are heroes here.

  15. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars As an attorney, I never prematurely interpret outcomes. …
    Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2015
    As an attorney, I never prematurely interpret outcomes. This book awakened me to listening biases. Now, I will let dump trucks enter traffic in front of me and I will buy ugly fruit. Thank you, Shark and Little Ray.

  16. Little Ray Children’s Books

    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
    Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2018
    Really great book with nice teachings, definite read!

  17. Little Ray Children’s Books

    Dawn Menge
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean fun!
    Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2021
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    We have used the Little Ray books in our classroom and our students enjoyed them. The author has used her imagination in creating the Little Ray character to engage her young audience in learning. What great fun!

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