Top positive review
A resource for raising emotionally healthy kids!
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2019
I am a mental health therapist and a mom, and this book gets a 5 star rating from me, through both a professional and personal lens. The pleasant rhyming story carries a simple and important message — a lesson that I learned from watching a lot of Mr. Rogers as a kid: our feelings, even the most unpleasant ones, are “mentionable and manageable.”
The little boy in the story, Josh, learns that his worries and fears lose their grip over him when he shares them with his parents and in turn receives lots of loving support.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the book covers a few typical anxiety-provoking situations that a child might face. Two of them really hit home with my 3-year-old — being afraid of monsters at night and being afraid of the doctor’s office.
The book also makes the hugely important acknowledgment that much of a child’s anxiety is experienced in the body as physical sensations. I can say with confidence from my work in mental health that this is an especially wonderful feature of the story. It is never too early to help our children tune in to their bodies and emotions — and learn how to regulate them. It is truly a fundamental skill for mental health!
But what really made this an instant 5-star rating for me was my 3-year-old son’s reaction to the book. I read it to him for the first time tonight, and I was really curious how it would land for him given his young age (and perhaps limited ability to comprehend it). To my surprise - and delight - he INSTANTLY connected. When I got to the page with Josh being afraid of the dark, he turned to me and said “Remember when I was afraid of the monsters in my bad dream?” I was totally floored. After we finished reading, he took the book to his dad and asked him to read it again. We both had a chance to talk openly to him about his worries, in a way that I was surprised a 3-year-old could even articulate.
I genuinely think that I helped my son learn about anxiety through this book, and I loved offering him the reassurance that we are always here for him — just like Josh’s mom and dad.
I hope other parents will find this book just as valuable. I couldn’t wait to write this review after having such a positive experience with it!