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Josh is at it again learning about feelings! I have been enjoying these books by Michael Gordon that feature Josh, his sister Emily and their parents.
My grandson has learned a lot too about managing his feelings when we get a chance to read these books together.
In this book Josh is upset when he finds Emily has his favorite toy! His dad intervenes and gives him a tip to help him manage his feelings.
The trick is to see what makes a situation better or worse? Josh has learned a lot thinking about this each time he gets upset.
He doesn’t want to make Emily sad and knows if he is upset that will happen. Counting backwards from 10 is a better choice to calm down.
A few other scenarios are presented in the book.
Josh would love a piece of Emily‘s birthday cake but knows if he takes a piece it will ruin her party.
Josh’s friends are playing a boardgame and Josh does not win. He gets angry and thinks about the better or worse scenarios. He doesn’t want to hurt his friends feelings. Josh decides to deal with his emotions by taking deep breaths until his angry feelings go away! Then he’s ready with his friends for more board game playing!
Josh wants candy at the Grocery store and his mom says no!! Josh has learned to let his anger quietly out and some deep breathing helps here.
This book is appropriate for around the ages of 3 to 5 years old. What child doesn’t get frustrated, angry or upset about a situation? Some may not be able to count backwards from 10 by themselves but with the help of a parent or caregiver this is a good distraction. Other distractions like deep breathing help release the intensity of their strong emotions too.
The artwork is very appropriate for the content of the book. It’s the same type of drawings as in the other books featuring Josh and his family dealing with emotions.
This is another outstanding book in the Self Regulating Series by Michael Gordon. I highly recommend this series and this book. It shows your kiddo how to handle anger. Instead of yelling and screaming this book shows him or her what they can do by themselves to be happier in the situation. Where were these books when my daughter was growing up? Josh got home from preschool hoping to play with his favorite toy but his sister had it. He started yelling and saying awful things. Dad came up the stairs and asked what happened. Then he told him what to do. (You get to read and find out what that is. Fun!). The next day his friends came over with a board game. Josh did not win. He was starting to get mad. What did he do? You get to listen/read and find out. The best fun of all.
I would highly recommend this book and all of the ones we have read so far. My 5 year old son loves them and as we read one each night he reflects on the day he just had and picks a moment where he could have handled a situation like they did in the book. I would like to thank the author for the great writing and showing kids alternative ways of handling their emotions.
Michael Gordon is the talented author of near seventy highly rated children's books including the popular Sleep Tight, Little Monster, and the Animal Bedtime and the award winning Elephants Can Not Sleep, the Dragon series, Mother Love, How Animals Say I Love U, Daddy’s Little Girl, My Mom Is My Hero and others. The excellent illustrations are by Max Larin. Michael’s goal is to create books that are engaging, funny, and inspirational for children of all ages and their parents. THE CHOICES I MAKE continues his stories that help children learn how to deal with emotions.
Josh continues his survey of emotions and Michael introduces him with his lyrical rhyming technique – ‘When Josh got home from preschool, he just wanted to ply With his favorite toy. He’d thought about it all day. But when he looked, it wasn’t where he thought it should be. He searched all over until he found it with Emily.’ From there Josh discovers that anger is not always appropriate – that it makes you feel worse and cause others (like Emily, his sister) to feel sad. Acting on impulse needs to be addressed – and considering choices of reaction makes a difference for Josh – and his family – and pausing before outbursts by counting backward from ten to one allows informed and better decisions.
Not only is this an entertaining book for children (and readers) but it also points out the impact and importance of kindness – something we all need to share - especially now! A very impressive little book that should be part of every child’s library! Grady Harp, June 20
The Choices I Make by Michael Gordon This colorful rhyming children's book starts out with Josh and he's just returned from school and has been thinking about playing with his favorite toy all day. He can't find his plane til he sees his sister playing with it and he yells at her which sends his father running to find out what's going on. He softly tells Josh that he selected the wrong choice and how he should think before he speaks by doing a few things. He has an option to choose worse or better. Next time something happens he remembers what his father said and chooses better and feels proud of himself. Love how this book comes together, no matter what age because we could all use this common sense. Coloring pages are attached at the end of this book. I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
This book is about a little boy who learns to control his anger. Easy rhyming text. Colorful illustrations. Can be used to begin a conversation with a child about this topic. Recommended for children ages five to ten.
Michael Gordon once again finds a fun way to get through to kids. We can not control those around us, but we can control ourselves. This book illustrates in a fun rhyming way how different choices can cause different consequences. You can pause between pages and discuss with your little learner why they thing will happen, or even what they would do in each situation. The pictures are wonderfully illustrated and there’s a lot to keep your reader engaged. The language used is also perfect to encourage little learners.