What if?

Talking with Trees Book 3

What if Children's Book for SEL / Character Education

A story that teaches kids to think before they act, building empathy, responsibility and respect.

When he climbed a massive mulberry tree, this young boy didn’t know he was in for a big surprise. This wise, old tree has seen too many kids say and do hurtful things without thinking. So she speaks up and helps the boy and his sister learn to think before they act.

Through captivating illustrations and realistic situations, What if? shows children how their words can hurt others and how their actions can be dangerous or just plain inconsiderate. In the end, the children walk away with a new seed planted...how to ask “What if I do this, what could happen?”. They build empathy and awareness of how to act with more respect and responsibility.

Teaching Resources

What if includes a discussion guide at the end of the book. Free worksheets, lesson plans and more teaching resources are available online, ready to include in your in-person or remote lessons. See teaching resources.

Discussion Guide Teaching Resources
What if Children's Book Interior Page

"A what if seed?" the boy asked. "Do I plant it or eat it?"

"You feel it," the tree answered. "Before you say or do something, feel that seed and remember to ask yourself, 'What if I do this, what could happen?' It'll save you from all sorts of trouble," the tree explained.

Teaching Resources

Grade Level

  • K - 4

SEL / Character Ed Topics

  • Self-management, Social Awareness, Positive Relationships
  • Traits: Respect, Responsibility, Empathy

Social Emotional Learning Themes

  • Teaches children about taking responsibility for their actions, and provides and easy technique to help them remember to use self-control.
  • Emphasizes that choices have consequences, building decision making and self-management skills.
  • Emotionally expressive pictures help children build empathy, reading expressions and body language to know how their actions are making other people feel.

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  • ISBN-13: 978-1500830441
  • ISBN-10: 1500830445
  • e-book: 978-0984905645