Book Review: The Girl Who Said Sorry by Hayoung Yim

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I sat down with my 8-year-old daughter and read The Girl Who Said Sorry.  At her requestEllie and I read it over and over. The more we read it, the more she would yell “sorry!” at the prompt. Her yells became more aggressive and confident as we went on. This book tells her what we should already know but are often not taught. No one should apologize for being themselves. I’ve tried to instill this in all three of my children, and her spunk came through while we read. No, she’s not sorry for dressing a certain way, or for eating something she enjoys. She is Ellie, and she roars.
 
The author has written a very important book for the young, old, and all gender identities. Stop being sorry for everything and start embracing who you are. Love yourself. A simple but powerful message written in a beautiful book. The Girl Who Said Sorry is a must read for our budding feminists. It’s also a must-read for ourselves, who continue to apologize for no reason. I’m not sorry I read this book with my daughter!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Book Review: Is A Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz

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Is a worry worrying you? If you are my 8-year-old daughter the answer is yes. If you are me, the answer is also yes. Ellie loved all the whimsy examples of worrying, and I loved watching her laugh away her worries. From the book: Suppose, just suppose, one hundred elephants come to tea and you discover you don’t have any tea bags. uh, oh. What will you do with a herd of thirsty elephants? Now, that’s a worry! But you can get rid of that worry by offering the elephants lemonade instead. Mom, she said, we can make lemonade if we don’t have anything to drink!
What I love about this book is the different coping mechanisms written in a way that kids can understand. After each “worry” we talked about what we would do to make that worry go away, along with the suggestions in the book.
The illustrations were both fun and colorful and made the story a beautiful read. I would recommend this book to anyone with a child or children who are worriers or have issues with anxiety. It addresses a hard subject in a relaxed, gentle way. This is a gem in the world of Children’s Literature.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine (and Ellie’s).

A Little Mushroom: A Poem by my 8 year old daughter

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A little mushroom was going on a walk
Because he liked to walk and talk
He went to see his friend
And it was a girl mushroom named Linda
Linda and Mushroom tripped on a rock
They fell over
They both hit their heads on the sidewalk
Then they walked home and played games
After they played games they had a snack
Then they had vanilla ice cream
Then they went to bed

By: Elise

via Daily Prompt: Mushroom

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