Benji and the Giant Kite by Alan C. Fox

The second book in the Benji series from bestselling author Alan. C. Fox!

In This Enchanting Story, Benji Learns That Possessing Something Is Not Quite As Meaningful As Letting It Go.

Have you ever wanted one thing – just one thing – more than anything else in the world? A toy? A new bike? A computer game? Did you imagine that this one possession would make you incredibly happy – forever? For Benji that one thing is an enormous orange kite. In BENJI & THE GIANT KITE, Alan C. Fox tells the enchanting story of a young boy who learns that possessing something is not quite as meaningful as letting it go.

Benji adores kites.  All kinds of kites – big or small, plain or fancy, rectangular or diamond-shaped. He loves flying them at the beach, watching them float high in the sky.  One day Benji sees a giant orange kite at the toy store. He wants it more than anything else – ever.  But his mom explains that he’ll need to earn the money to buy the kite.  So Benji buckles down and weeds the garden for the next two weeks – the vegetables in the morning and the flowers in the afternoon. It seems like he’ll never be done. 

Finally the special day arrives, and Benji’s mom hands him the giant orange kite of his dreams. At the beach, Benji lets his kite soar higher and higher with every gust of wind. He watches it rise above the people, the hotdog stand, and even the houses beyond.  Soon the kite becomes a distant speck in the sky. Benji is thrilled. But when it’s time to pull the kite down and head back home, Benji can’t bear to do it.  He wants to set the kite free to fulfill its destiny among the clouds.  Benji lets the twine go and the kite disappears into the sunset sky. The kite may still be up there yet.

A Look Inside The Book

My Thoughts

Benji and the Giant Kite is written by best selling author Alan C. Fox.  The book is based on a real life incident.

“This one happened when I was a child. I decided to tell the story, because I wanted to share the sense of achievement I felt by working hard to obtain something I really loved. But once I saw the kite flying at the beach, I wanted to let it go. My dream had been accomplished. It was time move on to another, new experience. You must always keep going to fulfill your dreams and aspirations.”

Benji and the Giant Kite is a great book that allows parents the opportunity to discuss important lessons with their children.  Wonderful topics like working for what you want, and learning how to let go.  The girls and I really loved the illustrations, and we’ve read it many times.  It has made a wonderful addition to our family library!

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About the Author

Alan C. Fox is a New York Times bestselling author whose People Tools books transform lives and whose illustrated books for children entertain and delight.  Having achieved success in many different arenas, he joyfully shares his wisdom with children and adults alike.

Not only has Alan built Los Angeles-based ACF Property Management into a billion-dollar company, but he has been active in the worlds of literature and philanthropy as well. He is the founding editor of Rattle, one of the country’s preeminent poetry journals which publishes work by new and established writers, and sponsors an annual prize. He also created The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, named after his mother, to provide funding to maximize the potential of youth. In honor of his father, Alan endowed the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona several years ago.

Alan writes a weekly blog that focuses on his experiences in all facets of life from the importance of saying “I’m sorry” to his love of good food and his humorous attempts to conquer his pogo stick.

Alan’s first book, People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity (January 2014) was a New York Times Bestseller. His second book, People Tools for Business: 50 Strategies for Building Success, Creating Wealth, and Finding Happiness (September 2014) made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list, and has been featured on a variety of media outlets including The Huffington Post, Steve Harvey Show, and The Meredith Vieira Show. In People Tools for Love and Relationships: The Journey from Me to Us (August 2015), Alan shared his time-proven techniques for enhancing connections with a spouse or life partner, as well as with family and friends. All of the People Tools books are published by SelectBooks.

Alan has six children and two step-children and is the grandfather of eight.  With this in mind, Alan turned his attention to writing books for children.  The first, Benji & the 24-Pound Banana Squash, which was published in 2017, has been translated into Italian, Turkish, and Chinese. Benji & the Giant Kite will be published in August 2018.  Alan’s children’s books are published Clavis Books, an international publisher based in Belguim.

ALAN’S MESSAGE IS SIMPLE:  the key to happiness and success in life is building strong relationships.

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