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REVIEW: My Incredible Talking Body by Rebecca Bowen

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Title: My Incredible Talking Body

Author: Rebecca Bowen | Illustrator: Lauren Bowen

Publisher: Mascot Books | Published: April 4, 2017

Theme: Emotional Wellness

Character Origin: Human 

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 46

Ages: 4-6 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

My Incredible Talking Body: Learning to Be Calm is a beautifully illustrated picture book created to help children understand emotions and how to manage them. This book focuses on cultivating mindfulness of the body’s signals about feelings, encouraging acceptance of all types of emotions, and developing strategies for calming strong or uncomfortable feelings. Included in the book is a learning guide designed especially for parents, educators, counselors, and other adults that are supporting children as they build skills to manage their emotions.

My overall thoughts…

A friend of mine’s little girl gave me this book to review, and I’m so glad she did. I wish books like this had been around when I was raising my kids. This is an excellent book for new parents as it can be challenging for them to explain feelings in a way their children can truly understand. Bowen lays it all out in a clear and intelligible manner. I especially liked the suggestions and strategies at the end for parents and educators.  Additionally, this book could find a permanent home in the Pediatrician’s offices while parents are waiting for their practitioner. That’s just my two cents.

The illustrations and text…

Bowen’s illustrations are bright and expressive. The imagery and color choices had a calming and welcoming quality to them. I like that for added emphasis, key terms are highlighted throughout the book. The font was easy to read and is excellent for finger tracking. While this isn’t the traditional story, it informs kids about their feelings and how to manage them. This book is a catalyst for conversations about emotional wellness. Emotional wellness starts at home but reverberates into the classroom. Therefore, a holistic approach is beneficial for both child and educator. Rebecca Bowen has done a great job of gathering resources for parents and educators to empower children with the tools to understand themselves better.

I’ll give it…

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REVIEW: Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves by Lauren H. Kerstein

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Title: Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves

Author: Lauren H. Kerstein | Illustrator: Nate Wragg

Publisher: Two Lions | Published: June 1, 2019

Theme:  Friendship and Patience

Character Origin: Animal & Human 

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

It’s summertime, and you’re invited for a rollicking day at the pool with Charlie and his pet dragon (and best friend!), Rosie. But be careful—swimming with a dragon can be, um, challenging. As Rosie and Charlie blow bubbles (don’t forget your umbrella!), practice flutter kicks (watch out for tidal waves!), and offer shoulder rides (hang on tight!), Rosie proves that dragons make the most fun pets ever. Now if only Charlie can keep Rosie’s attention focused on the rules at the pool and NOT on her gummy snacks (you know, the ones that cause stinky dragon breath!)…Grab your towels and sunscreen and join Rosie and Charlie for a fun-filled summer adventure!

My overall thoughts…

As we bid summer adieu, there’s still time for one more splash with this heartwarming book of friendship and patience. Rosie’s exuberance can be overwhelming at times, but Charlie is there to calm her and the situation down at every turn. Charlie’s love for Rosie is evident in his handling of her and his encouragement throughout the story. It is in his thoughtful planning that they were able to have a fun, yet eventful day at the pool. If your family has pets, this book reinforces the responsibility that comes along with them.

The illustrations and text…

Wragg’s illustrations were executed digitally. His eye for detail caught my attention with his execution of Charlie’s faded edges hairstyle, commonly referred to as a temp fade. Nice touch! The color palette throughout this work is warm and playful. The illustrations themselves seem simple, but the thoughtfulness of the colors and execution brings them to life. I love the character diversity in this story. I’m not a fan of the font size as it’s smaller than I like for new readers. The font type is appropriate for a children’s book. The text had a nice flow to it; the overall message was clear. The copyright page, on the kindle version, was jumbled and the print overlapped. Hopefully, that is corrected in the printed version of the book.

I’ll give it…