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Josh's family is planning to go to the park to celebrate Josh's sister Emma's birthday! Josh was feeling low. He felt shaky and sad. He couldn't find his toy truck to take to the park. He forgot his coping skills he learned earlier in previous books. Good for Josh for checking in with Mom and Dad for help!
Taking deep breaths and blowing bubbles helps Josh to calm down! Off to the park they went. Josh tried to tell a story but no one listened. Josh crossed his arms and his face turned red. Clues he wasn't feeling too good! Josh's Mom offers to listen to his story and the other children gathered around to hear it too!! Josh felt better!
Then Josh's Dad goes on a trip. I have a grandson who has a hard time when his dad travels. (I plan to share this book with him!). Josh's Mom could tell something was wrong as his body was slumped and his head was hanging low. Josh's Mom doesn't discount his feelings saying it's ok to feel blue. They chat with Dad on the computer which helps a lot.
I like how in this book there are physical cues for each situation and the feelings of being upset that Josh is experiencing. Red face, slumped body posture, head hanging low, and crossing his arms are good visual cues. Josh and his mother are able to identify his feelings of being sad, upset and feeling low.
Josh's Mom is a good role model for the parent or caregiver of how to help a young child identify and process feelings. Giving support that she feels sad sometimes too. She offers good ideas with taking deep breaths, blowing bubbles and listening to his story that none of the other kids listened to. Also the solution of chatting with Dad on a business trip via the computer.
I give this book 5 stars. It is to the point with short examples that will hold a young child's interest with lots of room to explore feelings and various coping styles.
I like this book because it teaches parents to recognize their children’s body language and facial expressions. It also causes your children/child to understand that you as a parent are genuinely concerned about the way they feel at all times. This causes a family bond that can’t be easily broken. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a child or children to know that they are truly loved and appreciated at all times no matter what problems arise at home. Everyone in the family should be able to sit down and talk. I choose this rating because I was a single parent and in my ignorance I didn’t sit with my children all the time to hash out their feelings or problems. Now I am a grandmother with more wisdom and understanding. Thanks so very very much Mr Gordon for the fine illustrations and the knowledge to raise a family the correct way. I appreciate you very much!👍👍
Josh is getting better at coping with his feelings. The storyline is superb as only Michael Gordon can do with these little ones intense feelings. The illustrations are terrific. This will become a go to book in your home library. It's Emma's birthday and they planned a family outing to the park. Josh was upset because he couldn't find his favorite toy. He told mom and dad and they all sat down to take a breath. Then they pretended to blow up balloons. He remembered where his toy was. He wanted to tell a story at the park but was ignored. What happened? Did Josh through a fit? You can find out by listening/reading. You also get to have fun. 🐱
Another homerun for Mr. Gordon! What I liked most about this book was that the focus was on remembering what Josh had previously learned about controlling his temper. I mean, with young kids, it's one thing to learn how to cope but quite another to put it into practice much later. So it was great reading this aspect. And the situations he was put in were perfect; they were highly stressful situations, to really drive the lesson home.
As usual, the pictures were spot-on, and the coloring pages were great to have after the story.
Another wonderful book to help young kids recognize and deal with their emotions. Younger kids often don’t know how to explain their emotions and therefore can’t deal with them. In schools and pre-schools they are seen as being rude, obnoxious or bratty. Maybe they need to sit with that child and read them one of Michael’s books to help them out.
This story follows Josh, a popular character in Michael Gordon’s books. I especially like that in this book Josh forgets his coping strategies and needs help remembering them. This is real and how it happens with kids. My kids loved the story and that It was okay for Josh to get upset as long as he managed his anger and could calm himself down.