Modern Family Fable Teaches Kids About Problem Solving

I believe it is important for kids to learn how to solve their own problems. When my boys fight I always ask them what do they think they can do to make the situation better. Other things may occur in my children’s lives which require problem solving skills. As we get older these skills become even more important in our lives.  The new children’s book, “The Old Green Chair,” by Dr. Traudi Allen, helps children learn the values of creativity, optimism and problem solving.

The story is about an old chair which sits near the heater in a family’s home.  The chair has been there for many, many years.  Visitors have sat on the chair, the mom sat on the chair and kids have played on the chair.  The chair comes to life in the story and is the main character.  One day, a couple of boys brake the chair and it is placed in the garage and later on the side of the road.

When the lady next door picks up the chair it is given new life.  “The Old Green Chair” is the second in Allen’s House Series of Picture Books for Children, a series of fables that communicate key lessons to children.  Each book tackles important topics from conflict resolution to maintaining a positive outlook in ways that get families talking about valuable social skills.

For more information about Dr. Traudi Allen and house picture books visit You can also purchase “The Old Green Chair” at or your local book store.

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About the author: Dr. Traudi Allen is a writer and art historian with a long record of publication.  She has published books on some of Australia’s most significant artists and art movements along with numerous articles, essays and reviews.  She has lectured in art history and for many years presented interviews on art subjects for ABC radio.  She is also currently completing a book of historical fiction for adults.  

*Disclosure: I received a copy of “The Old Green Chair” by Traudi Allen in exchange for this review.  All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at and her articles can also be found on She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC,  and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge. Follow her on .

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