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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a book designed to help children understand their own power in facing what they perceive as challenges.
Draw on the vignettes to help your young child understand the power within.
6 to 9
3 to 8
Read with 3½ year old child.
Buy! Anxiety reigns supreme for our youngest kids. For parents of kids who easily startled or upset, this is a must have.