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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.
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.
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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