Book Review and Giveaway: Our Emotions and Behavior by Sue Graves. Ends Sept 10th
Big feelings are part of daily life for small kids, and happiness just isn’t always within reach. Unwelcome events, from a broken toy to a missing pet, bring on sad feelings that can darken kids’ days. In this charming feelings book, follow along as Ben helps cheer up his friends and shows how kids can turn sadness into smiles.
My Review: We welcome another great picture book series from Free Spirit Publishing called “Our Emotions and Behaviors” written by Sue Graves and illustrated by Desideria Guicciardini.
These wonderful books will help young children with the help of their parents understand and recognize their feelings and behavioral actions with themselves and others.
I’m Not Happy. The story is about helping others who feel unhappy. Meet Ben a boy who doesn’t like to see his friends say and unhappy. He goes out of his way to help them fix broken toys; help Molly find her lost dog. Then it was time for Ben to visit his grandmother and his mother told him to wear the sweater his grandmother made for him, Ben wasn’t happy at all as the sweater was too big and scratchy. When he saw that his grandmother was delighted to see him in the sweater it made Ben feel happy too. This book is about exploring ways we can help others feel better when they are sad. The last page of the book gives positive ideas to children on how to deal with sadness and strategies for overcoming things that make children unhappy. I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching.
But Why Can’t I? When Jenny came over to babysit Noah and his baby sister Rosie they were given a set of rules by Noah’s mom. They had to be in bed at7 o’clock and listen to Jenny. They had to follow the rules. But Noah didn’t want to follow the rules because it thinks rules are silly. He refused to look both side of the crossway when crossing the road to the park, he wouldn’t take turns playing a board game and when it was time to go to bed he wanted to stay up late. “But why can’t I? Jenny explained that adults follow rules too. And that rules are important to follow to help keep people safe and healthy. Jenny also went on to explain why she had to follow rules at her job (my thought: That example wasn’t relevant to a child as young as Noah as he is too young to know about the rules Jenny had to follow at her job).
We know how hard it is for children to follow rules. But this book shows the important about talking to their children about why rules need to be followed. A great example was given at the last two pages of a picture story about a girl Emma dropping her can of drink on the path and a boy tripping over it and fell. What did Emma do? I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching.
Who Feels Scared? Jack’s friendsRavi and Kevin were very excited to be having a sleepover at his house. But while playing in his room they heard a noise and his friends were scared they hid thinking I was a lion or tiger. But Jack wasn’t afraid because he knew it was Gus, the dog. Then they heard a noise from Jack’s closet and they thought it was a monster and they were really scared. They talked about things that made they scared like scary story, fireworks and noisy from big air planes. This book helps reassure children that they can cope with their fears and be brave. I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching.
Not Fair, Won’t Share. Some children do not like to share even when the toy isn’t theirs. This cause the other child to show emotions of hurt, anger and frustration, this happens when a child is unwilling to share. When Miss Clover builds a space station in her classroom she said only three children could play at a time but everyone wanted to play at once. She decided it would be best to draw names in a hat and the first three names will take turns and share. Nora, Henry and Dan were up first and Nora when for the boots, helmet and started pulling all the levers, buttons and didn’t want to share with Dan or Henry. This book shows playing fair and sharing with others can be fun. In my opinion, “Our Emotions and Behavior” series are a good choice for parents to use with their children because of the positive message they bring! I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching. The illustrations are simple and show each of the character feels and emotions about what is happening in each story.
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Ages: 4 – 8
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from free spirit publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
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