Monday, May 13, 2013

My Friend is Sad

Willems, M. (2007). My friend is sad. New York, NY: Disney-Hyperion.

Genre: Children’s Early Reader

Gerald is sad. Piggie dresses up as fun characters to cheer him up...will it be enough to make Gerald happy?

My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems is a great example of a children’s book that could be used to assist an adult in discussing feelings of sadness with a child. The book’s characters (Gerald, a sensitive elephant and Piggie, a dramatic pig) accurately capture the thoughts and feelings of young children. This accurate perspective presents children with an opportunity to more easily express their own thoughts and feelings about sadness (and other emotions). Additionally, this story shares how it feels when others around us are sad. The emphasized lines in the illustrations and simple, easy-to-read text makes this a go-to book for emerging readers.

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