It’s Okay!, by David Nethero | Dedicated Review
Review sponsored by BookLogix
The Children’s Book Review | August 14, 2018
Written by David Nethero
Age Range: 5-10
e-Book: 64 pages
Publisher: Mountain Arbor Press (2018)
What to expect: Life lessons, believing in oneself, meditation and mindfulness practices
In It’s Okay, author David Nethero provides interesting life lessons through a series of seven short stories. A pair of young brothers, Jason and Erick, engage in everyday activities with a dilemma or a teachable moment in each tale. After each short story, Dr. George Pratt, a renowned psychologist, gives his take on the events of the story and the lesson that parents and children can take away from it.
The short stories use routine events, such as a thunderstorm or soccer practice, to explore emotions that can often lead to anxiety or irrational fear on the part of young children. For example, during a thunderstorm, the young brothers become irrationally afraid of thunder and lightning. Despite their grandparents’ assurances, they don’t feel safe because they are imagining the worst. As the storm wanes, the boys come to realize that it was their imagination that was making the situation much worse than it actually was. Dr. George Pratt distills the lesson for parents as follows:
“Often a fear of being unsafe is a result of extrapolating events around you and imagining the worst will occur…the most constructive response to a sudden frightening event is to be very rational about what has happened and be realistic about what might happen next.”
The stories in It’s Okay provide neat illustrations of mindfulness concepts and give young readers concrete examples of how to manage their emotions in different scenarios. Caregivers will surely appreciate the professional advice that is provided after each story. A winning combination of entertainment and education, It’s Okay, is sure to please young readers and their caregivers.
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