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Spotlight On: Secrets Kids Know that Adults Oughta Learn by Allen Klein

EXCERPT: "THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD: The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note and posted it on the apple tray: 'Take only ONE. God is watching.' Moving farther along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note: 'Take all you want. God is watching the apples.'"

Kids have a fantastic way of looking at the world, and they are often kind, curious, and completely honest about the things they experience. We tend to lose those natural traits as we get older, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In Allen Klein’s new book, people share stories of the lessons they’ve learned from children, from the hilarious anecdotes that make you think to the out-of-nowhere, insightful thoughts on modern issues. Some of the “Secrets” in the book include:

  • Be A Beginner: Channel the beginner’s mind to see a world of possibilities and simplicity.

  • Be a Daydreamer: Remember to make believe, pretend, and imagine again.

  • Be a Risk-Taker: Take risks, make mistakes, forget fear, and forget failure.

  • Be Joyful: Seize the day, look for laughter, and grin and share it with others.

Secrets Kids Know… that adults oughta learn will help you get back to your unbiased childhood mind, all the while entertaining you with the incredible things that could only come out of the mouth of a child. The world’s only Jollytologist, ALLEN KLEIN is an award-winning inspirational speaker and author based in San Francisco. With a large following, Klein has inspired and uplifted many of his readers—including the legendary Jerry Lewis. His books include You Can’t Ruin My Day, Mom’s the Word, Inspiration for a Lifetime, Change Your Life!, The Art of Living Joyfully, and have sold over 600,000 copies.

Book Description:

Viva Editions • September 11, 2017 • Price: $16.95 Trade Paperback Original • 288 pages

ISBN: 978-1632280534

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“What happens when you combine Allen Klein’s extraordinary talent with the playful energy that comes from discovering the secrets of kids? As you start to read, be ready to experience pure joy. You will not be able to put this book down.”

—Mary Kay Morrison, MSEd, author, Using Humor to Maximize Living

“Secrets Kids Know... made me smile countless times as it genuinely captures the magic of childhood and play. It is a must-read for anybody who loves children or wants to improve their connection with their inner child.”

—Pam Wener, retired preschool teacher

"Your book put a smile on my face. It reminded me of all the childhood perspectives I once experienced. Sad to say as an adult I have left them behind. Your writing has truly helped me reset myself, thank you. This book will be one I buy for friends."

—David Mann, SeriousFun camp director

"Allen Klein brilliantly reveals that the joys of seeing life through the eyes of a child are available to all of us adults, right here, right now. Secrets Kids Know demonstrates that there's a big difference between acting childlike and acting childish. Let the fun begin!"

—Matt Weinstein, co-author, Work Like Your Dog

"Kids may know lots of secrets, but Allen Klein knows more! His latest book, Secrets Kids Know…and adults oughta learn, will not only make you laugh out loud, but will make your heart smile and enjoy your life just a little more."

—Blythe Lipman, parenting expert, Baby and Toddler instructions radio show

"People who are serious in their wish for peace and joy must read this book. It will show them that the adult world needs the "beginner's mind" of a young child and the sense of wonder that it can bring. Graduates of preschools can teach this important lesson to anyone who wants to live in a happier and healthier world."

—Helen Stucky Weaver, founder of

"How easy it is to forget the feeling of being childlike - ringing the bell on your bike, laughing hysterically with your best friend for no reason, or eating dessert first! The secrets kids know have each rolled out like my old bag of marbles thanks to Allen Klein's true connection to us as a kid at heart."

—Sue Stephenson, author of Kidding Around and creator of Happiness at School


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