Wednesday, June 22, 2016
It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon by Jarrett J. Krosoczka -- ESSENTIAL
It's no fun when you drop your sandwich on the beach, break one of your toys, or hurt your knee. BUT the seagulls will love the sandwich, fixing toys with Grandpa is a lot of fun, and scrapes often mean fun bandages. Through these and four other examples, the author shows that many disappointments also have a positive side if you look for it.
While it may seem a bit flippant when read on its own, this book would be perfect for a class discussion about looking for the silver linings in tough situations. It would also be helpful to hand to a child who has pessimistic leanings, especially when -- again -- accompanied with a discussion. (Emphasis on "discussion" as opposed to "lecture," of course!) Children might even have fun brainstorming their own bad-luck situations, then following them up with positive outcomes.
Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Caryn