I decided to review this book today, because it is close to the 1 year anniversary of the Connecticut School Shooting last year, and this book was written in hopes of helping kids deal with a tragedy like this. I also wanted to take a minute and remember the kids and adults who lost their lives that day.
Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen
By Christy Monson
Illustrated by Lori Nawyn
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Familius on August 15, 2013
Theme/Topic- Coping with trauma
Opening and Synopsis- First line of the book – “Sometimes bad things happen to good people.”
Description of book from Amazon – “Written after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen is an invaluable tool for helping children identify feelings that overwhelm them with anxiety and despair. Author Christy Monson guides readers through emotions of fear, sadness, and anger, then lends constructive and practical ideas for how to manage such feelings and seek comfort. Lori Nawyn’s engaging illustrations help young children understand that hope is only a hug away.”
Why I liked this book– This book is a necessity in every household. I think kids have to deal with bad things all the time. Maybe not as big as the school shootings, but a lot of other things in their lives, like being in a car accident, or a relative dying. This book can help. The story has a great feeling to it – a warm, calming, friendly – but serious – feeling. It is told in a very simple way, but I think it tells a big story. The illustrations are cartoon-like and make it easier to understand the story. The animals mixed in make it cute. I think the story will also help parents and teachers talk to kids about bad things that happen. I believe this is a book that every family will have use of in their house.
Activities and Resources- Talk. Talk about the book, about the event that happened 1 year ago, about anything that gives you and/or your child negative feelings (anger, sadness, fear, etc.).