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This is a lovely book that, as it is a Mantra book, repeats the valuable and positive take home message "I can do it!" several times until even the youngest reader is able to remember and internalise it. The main character, Jenn, is confronted with several challenging situations that are more than familiar to every child: sharing toys, learning new things, or getting dressed. While it's easy to choose one of the two "not so nice" responses, the author presents a more positive option followed by the mantra mentioned above. As a side note, the illustrations are absolutely adorable and made use giggle several times. Overall a great book. Highly recommended.
Some parts are confusing for little ones as the the first two suggestions are actually bad advice. Need a little more narrative to contrast the good suggestions from bad. Reading the story to your little one is better as you can fill in the blanks.
I understand why negative examples were included along with the positive ones, but this has to be so carefully done with little ones. Ultimately, I decided not to give my son this book after looking through it. I feel it would put negative ideas in his mind that are not currently an issue for him. I wish it would have went into less detail on the negative.
This book was rather awkward to read with my daughter - the book is set up so that every time you turn the page, it shows you a new thing which is a challenge for a kid - like having a hard time at ju jitsu or not wanting to share or moving to a new place. It has 4 suggestions on the page, and each time, the last suggestion is the "best" or most mature option. However, sometimes the previous 3 suggestions are good, such as the page for "I can have a pet" - it says: "I can prepare for the work I'll have to do. I hcan practice how to play with a pet. I can make sure that my pet has food and water." ALL ARE GREAT SUGGESTIONS!
....but sometimes they're terrible, like the page for when a kid is struggling at her ninjutsu lessons: "I can pretend to be sick and not go. I can say that the room smells too funny."
That'd be great if they... you know... indicated that some of these are good suggestions, and some are bad ones. But instead, you're reading the book and suddenly it is recommending to your child that they pretend that they don't care and should get mad at their friends if their friends are hurt by them. If you're gonna give 4 solid suggestions on page 5, 8, 11, and 14, and 2 terrible suggestions on page 6, 9, 13, and 15.... then maybe you should give some indication these are bad ideas.
These books are great for my children. I have a son with confidence issues who struggles with understanding social norms. I've read him several books from the series and he will sometimes repeats the phrases..."I can do it!"
When I love a book that my kids love, too, it's always a win-win for me! And Laurie Wright's books always are a win-win. This one is brilliant and helps us discuss different situations where we might feel frustrated, or stubborn, or nervous, or even sad. I love how Laurie offers multiple solutions to each situation. It's such a great conversation starter.