The Sad Mad Glad Book; The Anatomy Of Your Attitude


This picture book asks lots of questions, helping you start conversations about attitudes and emotions. There are short discussion-starting rhymes with large, full-page pictures of people and animals.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Pre-readers, emerging readers and adults will enjoy this collection of photographs and affirmations. The pictures make great discussion starters, particularly for reading with groups of young children.

Content Awareness Factors:

This is too long to be read in one sitting, especially if you're going to talk about the photos.

Little Kid Reaction

Generally our daughter wants to explore the photographs (always going back to the picture of the chimpanzee). We generally read a few random pages at a time, then she resets her bookmark to show where she wants to start the next time.
Our son loved the large and colorful pictures. He named the animal and would often guess the "emotion" before the text was read. I was surprised that he liked it as much as he did.

Parent Reaction

For the younger audience, this is a book you explore in pieces. The photography is exquisite, and the message is wonderful. The authors do a great job of "breaking down" idioms and cliche in ways that have meaning for kids.
Second reviewer: I thought the text was forced and some of the cliche phrases were stretched to fill the space. The rhyming is immature and forced, such that it defvalues the indended message.

Type of Book:
This is an interactive photo-essay that engages readers to answer questions about the pictures and themselves.
Educational Themes:

There are many layers to this book. Use the book with infants and toddlers for object identification and to introduce feelings. As kids start school, talk about what they see in the picture (NOT what the picture "means"). In elementary school, go further and talk about the idioms and their meaning for life.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 6-year-old girl. Also read with 3-year-old boy.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a book that will grow with your child. Whether you read one page at a time or study it cover to cover, it will draw you back for your daily dose of personal thought. It is an excellent discussion-starter for a classroom or church youth-gro
book cover

Title The Sad Mad Glad Book: The Anatomy of Your Attitude
Author Chuck Stump, Jim Strawn
ISBN 9780979931505
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.25
Genres Emotions and Feelings
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