Marvelous New Picture Books- When Sadness Is at Your Door

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Today, I am highlighting the children’s book When Sadness Is at Your Door. This book is different than many other children book I have seen and read. It is not flashy, or bright and colorful like other children books I was looking at, but I thought it had the potential to be very important and beneficial to young children, and it did not disappoint. In a child’s mind, there are two states of being, happy or sad, and there is an obvious positive connotation behind happiness and a negative connotation behind sadness. This book works to combat the negative connotation behind sadness.

 

This book is simple and short, but I think the impacts of it could be huge in a child’s mind. For children, as well as adults, sadness can be hard to handle and get a grip on. By personifying sadness and giving it a face, sadness suddenly becomes something less scary and more approachable. Children need to be taught that it is okay to be sad, and it is okay to not feel totally ourselves everyday. They need to be assured that their feelings are normal and validated. Children need to know that “welcoming sadness” and “giving it a name” is the first step to feeling good again. Sadness is not something to be ashamed of.

 

Overall, I am so impressed by this short little picture book. The illustrations and words are so simple, yet have so much meaning. The little boy and “Sadness” are the only ones who have any detail at all, but they are still very simple. “Sadness” is represented by a light blue blob with human features. The way that the little boy and “Sadness” begin to do activities together that the little boy likes to do shows how to function with sadness in order to one day wake up without it.

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This book could be so useful for a child experiencing a hard time, such as parents divorce or a death of a grandparent. I think reading this book alongside a parent of another loved one would be a great opportunity to address issues and move forward from them. While this book seems a little melancholy, with the right use and supervision, I believe this book could be very comforting.

-Caroline Saltmarsh

 

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