Monday, September 30, 2019

You Are Your Strong by Danielle Dufayet (Mental Wellness)

You Are Your Strong by Danielle Dufayet discusses a wide range of emotions.  Emotions that can be hard to manage; worry, scared, sad, and mad.  Each emotion has a different pair of characters.  The child feeling the emotion and then the adult who helps the child see the opposite emotion and overcome those initial feelings.  My favorite line from the book is, "Inside you, your Strong is a light that shines like the sun."  The same set of characters return and this time they are able to share ways they independently find something different to change their feelings to an opposite emotion.  For example a little girl is afraid of monsters and the dark and tells funny stories to get her thinking to being brave.  There's a fabulous two page spread at the end with a note to parents and caregivers with advice and suggestions for helping children and the many emotions they can feel.  These tips also apply to our classrooms where children spend a great deal of their day during the school year.

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