I loved this book! If you have a child or know a child, who gets annoyed with a sibling, frustrated with themselves, angry with a parent, or has a variety of other emotions…
Oh wait. That’s every kid. So, every child should have this book!
I Can Handle It provides real advice that is quick to digest and easy to understand for children, but it does so in an adorable and humorous way!
We follow Sebastien as he goes through a whole bunch of emotions individually. He questions if he can handle each one, then provides a few ideas on how he can handle it.
I loved the short descriptions of the issue. They are extremely relatable to children. It’s situations like losing one shoe or frustration with a sibling. Then the following page provides ideas that are funny but are also real advice. For the shoe, we can take out a lost ad in the newspaper…or wear another pair… As I read this with my kids, I was giggling right along with them, but also having wonderful conversations about what good ideas these are.
The illustrations are absolutely adorable. They fit each situation perfectly, but also provide just the right amount of humor. For the “wear another pair” solution from above, Sebastien is putting on a pair of elf shoes. It’s funny, but the kids also completely understood that they could put an actual other pair of shoes on. We loved looking at each illustration. They were all great!
Overall, this was a book that both of my children and I enjoyed immensely. We initially read this because I was provided a copy to review, so it was one of our bedtime books. Afterward, though, I knew this was going to become a tool in our emotional toolbox. So, I Can Handle It now sits on the bottom shelf of my bookshelf where we keep easy-to-grab books about emotions for when we are frustrated! Everyone should have this on their shelf too.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend I Can Handle It for all children. This is such an important tool to help children come up with different ways to handle their emotions!
Where to Find This Book:
Kids learn well through repetition, and simple easy to ‘get’ language.
Your children will incorporate the mindful mantra I Can Handle It almost immediately after reading this book!
In a tough situation, they will think ‘I can handle it’, and when they are dealing with tough emotions, they will think ‘I can handle it!’ Even if they aren’t saying the words out loud, if they learn and practice this mantra it will become a part of their self-talk.
Positive self-talk is incredibly important for improving and maintaining mental health and the mindful mantra books are a way to plant that positivity right into a child’s head!
Help your child learn to handle difficult emotions along with Sebastien, and provide a tool for lifelong confidence.
Depression and anxiety don’t discriminate and our kids need help. I Can Handle It equips children with a necessary skill to alleviate everyday anxieties that arise in their lives.
Just the Facts:
I Can Handle It by Laurie Wright
Series: Mindful Mantras, Book 1
Page Count: 24 pages
Publisher: Independently Published
Pub Date: March 27, 2017
Children’s author and book marketing coach, Laurie Wright is a silly but smart, busy mom of three who laughs at her own jokes just a bit too much. The minivan is her sanctuary, and the only place she can sing out loud without being shushed. She’s known for her short term memory and extreme love of chips and dip. Usually on her best behavior, watch out when her filter wears off! Never without her laptop and a notebook. Trust her with your kids and your books, but not your coffee!
I had a chance to ask some questions of our author, Laurie Wright!
What made you write a book about a kid who thinks of silly ways to handle problems?
I taught kindergarten for ten years, and I consider 4 & 5 year olds my people! I wrote the book in ‘kid language’ so they’d really get it. And kids don’t jump to the best way to solve a problem off the bat. (really, adults don’t always either!) Kids love thinking about outrageous things they could do… which naturally leads to those potential outcomes too. It’s a wonderful way for them to decide how they can handle their problems.
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
I have three kids and nieces and nephews, in addition to all my students over the years. There is a load of inspiration all around me. One of my favorite stories from a nephew was about pressing the elevator buttons. I heard about how he’d had a meltdown after not getting to press the button and knew it had to go into a book!
In your book there is a hedgehog sidekick! What was the inspiration for that?
Well I knew I wanted a sidekick of some kind – there’s one in every book. I loved the idea of a prickly friend, because in real life we all have one of those, don’t we?
What is the last great book you’ve read?
A book on negotiations! I’m hoping to try it out on the original Sebastien – who is now 12 years old!
Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?
I don’t snack while writing, but I do drink coffee, that counts right? My fav snack is chips and dip, forever and always, but I try to limit how often I indulge.
Where do you write?
My office is my mudroom, but I also love to carry my laptop around the house and write on the couches or rocking chair
Do you write every day?
I do, but not books everyday. I also work as a freelance email marketer so I write emails all.day.long.
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I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.