Authors: Susan Jeffers and Donna Gradstein
The book is a collection of 50 short stores and is aimed at Parents (and those
who are in a parental position of helping and guiding children) and children.
The stories have different themes, Fear, Guilt, Embarrasment, Frustration etc.,
but have one thing in common - all of them teach the child how she can handle
it. Each story has the byline, "I can handle it" three times (the third time, it
says, "No matter what happens, I can handle it") thus reinforcing the child's
ability to handle a situation. Affirmations have better chance of succeeding in
children since they are like virgin soil without the weeds of negativities. So,
the seeds of affirmations have better chance of taking root.
While one may differ with the way a story is told, one will not differ with the
theme of the book. Many of the stories are enjoyable to even the adults and
resonate with the inner child.
My only reservation with this book is the soft-cover presentation. Considering
that the book is meant to be handled by parents and children over many days (and
considering the situation where the child may like to read it by himself), a
hard cover edition with plasticised pages would have been more appropriate.
However, the cost of production would have gone up and the aim of reaching as
many children and parents as possible would have been defeated. A good e-book
(with nice background music) would have been a good option to keep the cost of
production and distribution reasonable.
I recommend the book strongly to all children and their caregivers.
The above review was contributed by: S.V. SWAMY: CLICK TO VIEW S.V. Swamy's Reviews