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. Volume XXIII Number 7. . . .October 21, 2016
The 88 activities in this nonfiction paperback book for elementary school-aged children can help minimize stress. Some activities, such as stretching, weighing pros and cons, and progressive relaxation, are described on two to three pages, but most appear on one page or in a small paragraph. Quotes, examples, and supplementary facts pertaining to the topics appear in cloud formations on every second page. Black and white silhouetted patterns decorate the page. These greyish suns, hearts, and animals add a subdued feel to the page. Most suggested activities are free, and they can be done alone or with a friend or family member (jump for joy, colouring, make a to-do list). The smiley sun and rainbow covered book may draw more girls than boys, but the suggestions inside do include stress relievers that will appeal to boys (practice a sport, play a game, listen to music). The author has included options for children who like to be physically active and for those who like to be creative. Some options only require a change in thinking. The one-page introduction provides examples of things children might be stressed about, but older and younger children could extrapolate suggestions from the book and incorporate them into their own lives.
There is no back material at the end of the book, but the table of contents page will help the reader quickly navigate to specific areas. The topics are not in alphabetically order, but they may be listed by most popular or recognizable. The first three pages are about stretching, smiling, and breathing. This is an excellent self-help book for children, parents, and teachers. The author’s words have a can-do attitude, empowering everyone who reads them.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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