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I TAKE A DEEEP BREATH!

Author: Sharon Penchina and Stuart Offman

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Publisher: 2 Imagine Publishers, ©2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: Preschoolers listen along and learn that simply by taking a deep breath they can regain their composure no matter what kind of event they must confront: happy, sad, big, small, surprising, new, scary. This is a book designed to help children understand their own power in facing what they perceive as challenges.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Age of Child: Read with 3½ year old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler liked this book. She liked stopping on each page to take a big breath. She sees it as a copy of what we do with her occupational therapist.

Adult Reader Reaction: Although geared for children, this is a nice reminder for parents to slow down, too. The repetition of the activity, combined with the multiple opportunities to practice taking a deep breath, make for a calmer child by the end of the book.

Pros: The repetition of the activity, particularly when paired with events from a world as a young child sees it, makes this a most useful book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Anxiety reigns supreme for our youngest kids. For parents of kids who easily startled or upset, this is a must have.

If You Liked This Book, Try: READING MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD   REGULAR LU   I AM A LOVABLE ME!

Educational Themes: Draw on the vignettes to help your young child understand the power within.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, health

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2005

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