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children’s picture book written and illustrated by Joan Y. Edwards

You Have a Never Give Up Spirit

“You Have a Never Give Up Spirit” by Joan Y. Edwards

Do you have a Never Give Up spirit?

My answer for you is:

Yes, you have a Never Give Up spirit. You are determined. You follow through with projects until they are finished. You are dependable. You are trustworthy. You are honest. You are a good organizer. You are organized. You reward yourself for completing little steps.  You are grateful for each step you take and all the material and tools you have to do the task at hand. You celebrate each day.
Repeat these affirmations using I instead of you.

Yes, I have a Never Give Up spirit. I am determined. I follow through with projects until they are finished. I am dependable. I am trustworthy. I am honest. I am a good organizer. I am disciplined. I reward myself for completing little steps. I am grateful for each step I take and all the material and tools I have to do the task at hand. I celebrate each day.

Here are resources to help you gain a firmer Never Give Up spirit:

Heather Summerhayes Cariou. “Determined to Succeed: Some People Just Won’t Quit:” http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/27792/Determined-to-succeed-people/

Since I was a little girl has been “Never Give Up.” I am very glad that God helped me understand how to use this spirit and share it with others.

I made up the story of Flip Flap Floodle when I was five years old. I told the story to anyone and every person who would listen to me from that age on.

It makes my heart sing when people tell me how much they love my book and illustrations. It makes me stand a little taller and smile when they tell me that singing Flip’s song helps them to remember that they can do it. Even though it looks like it’s the end of the world. God somehow inspires them with the answer or sends someone to help.

In January of 2021, Flip Flap Floodle won the Firebird Book Award for Children’s Book Humor!  and Second Place for Picture Books for 4-8. Hip Hip Hooray for Flip.  Joan Reid, a new follower of my blog, bought a copy of Flip Flap Floodle on Amazon  the other day. Thank you, Joan for reading my blog, buying the book and reviewing it for me.
Here is her review:

FULL OF FUN***** 5 stars
Flip Flap Floodle, a sweet trusting musical duckling encounters several characters on his way to Grandma’s house. There’s Mr. Chicken, Mr. Bear, and the baddy-wad Mr. Fox.  This is a delightful story on several developmental levels: colorful illustrations to entertain toddlers; a funny story that will enrapture kindergarten-age children; a self-reader for first and second graders; a good message for older children; and a musical book to please all children.  A great twist at the end!
…Best regards, Joan Reid

Thank you for your review of Flip Flap Floodle, Joan Reid. You’re a jewel.

Don’t ever give up. Help is on the way. God will show you what to do. In Jeremiah 33:3 – God says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

Mary L. Kupferle wrote an essay called, “God Will Show You How:” https://www.joanyedwards.com/god-will-show-you-how-by-mary-l-kupferle-public-domain/. I highly recommend it.
May God be with you, beside you, above you, below you, and be inside you.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards


Flip Flap Floodle Is a Good Picture Book to Read to Your Child


“Flip Flap Floodle
Is a Good Picture Book to Read to Your Child” by Joan Y. Edwards

Flip Flap Floodle  is a good picture book to read to your child. Here’s why:

1. Children ages 4-8 love animals. This book is about a happy little duck. It also has a bear who’s in a hurry, a chicken who is the conductor for the town symphony orchestra, and a hungry fox.

2. It has family. Mother, her son, Flip Flap Floodle, and Grandma.

3. It shows how important it is to look for children when they don’t come home on time.

When her son didn’t get home before dark, Mrs. Floodle went to look for him.

4. It shows how what you say to a child can spur them on to learn more to improve their talents.

Mr. Bear says to Flip. “You have talent, real talent. You’re going to be a big star one day.”

5. It has Mr. Fox as an antagonist to show that in life you may encounter bad things, that sometimes seem to swallow you whole.

6. It shows that sometimes in life, you need a little help.

Flip’s mother goes to look for Flip when he doesn’t get home before dark.  She’d recognize his song anywhere.

7. It has repetition. When a child sings Flip’s simple song along with him throughout the book, it keeps him engaged and focused. He continues to hear Flip’s song throughout his life to remind him to “Never Give Up.” It gives him a little confidence that he can survive.

Flip’s song

I hope you’ll buy a copy of Flip Flap Floodle for a child you love from the ages of 4 to 8 years old. It’s available in paperback and in Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/

My hope is when children read it, they will think,
“I won’t give up.”

I’ve told this story since I was 5 years old. Flip’s story will capture your heart and the heart of your child.

I’ve heard stories like this:

“My daughter sleeps with the book every night.”

“My grandson goes around singing Flip Flap Floodle all day.”

Even many adults who’ve read the story say, “the song bubbles up in my mind when I am faced with trouble. I keep singing and humming it. It helps me remember that I can get through it and remember to never give up.”

Don’t just take my word for it. Here is what others say:

Amazon Reviews

Thirteen 5-Star Reviews/Two 3-star reviews.


Here are reviews from when Flip was first published in 2004.

 Marie Jones on bookideas.com says:

“This hilarious story is complemented by the truly bright and almost abstract illustrations…that really pop out at you…”

School Counselor

I often use literature to illustrate good character traits and making good decisions. I shared Flip Flap Floodle with a 1st grade class. We had been talking about asking trusted adults for help when needed. This book fit right in with our study. After reading, the students created thank you cards to give an adult who had helped them. One of the children said that the author should get one for helping them with her book. I agree.
Linda Andersen
Eastover Central School of Arts
Fayetteville, North Carolina
May 12, 2007

Music Teacher
“Flip Flap Floodle is a music teacher’s must! This simple song and delightful tale will enhance student learning through several instructional strategies. Teachers and students will Sing it, Play it, Read it, Write it, Correlate it, Move to it, Listen to it, but most of all…ENJOY IT.”
Stebie W. Thompson
Music Education Teacher
Parent and Grandmother
March 5, 2004

Parent and Grandparent

 “This little duck possesses a belief in himself that will inspire young children. Adults and children alike will find themselves singing “flipflap-floodle” in moments of doubt.
Judith Aplin
M.S. Family and Child Development
Parent of Five Sons and Eleven
February 11, 2004

Teacher of Gifted Children
“Flip Flap Floodle is not only a delightful tale. It poses invaluable life lessons developing self-esteem, nurturing talents, exploring and learning about trust.
Janis L. Silverman
Teacher of Gifted Children
Children’s Author of Fairy Tales on Trial,
Advanced Fairy Tales on Trial
February 10, 2004

 “Flip Flap Floodle is a charming story of a brave little duck who
discovers the magical mix of confidence and people who love
Anne Leggett
Children’s Author
February 10, 2004

What kind of reaction do teachers have when I read Flip Flap Floodle to their classes and explain how I wrote Flip Flap Floodle and drew the illustrations?

Natalie Sanchex and Dan Barber explain how Flip Flap Floodle helped their students in this YouTube video:


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