Book Review of Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings
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Written by Talar Hercuilian Coursey and Riley Herculian Coursey
Illustrated by Meri Andreasyan
Ages 4+ | 36 Pages
Publisher: Purple Butterfly Press (2024) | ISBN-13: 9781955119450
What to Expect: Emotional Intelligence, Positive Mindset, and the First Day of School
Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings tackles the challenge of managing big emotions, especially on the first day of school. Furrapist Jackson Johnson and Ralphy guide a busload of kids, teaching them the art of choosing their emotions and responding to them. The book aims to make emotional intelligence accessible and implementable in children’s everyday lives.
The narrative unfolds as Ralphy, a happy dog, drives the school bus, accompanied by Furrapist Jackson Johnson, a dog who helps kids understand their feelings. Each child expresses their feelings – scared, sad, tired, nervous, embarrassed, or excited. Jackson Johnson imparts Ralphy’s Rules, guiding them on how to handle these emotions. The Furrapist encourages the children to change their thoughts to alter their feelings, illustrating the power of mindset in shaping emotional experiences.
Author Talar Herculian Coursey, through her Ralphy’s Rules series, embarks on a commendable mission to equip children with vital life skills. She expertly distills complex coaching concepts into foundational principles, making them approachable even for the youngest learners. Coursey’s whimsical storytelling imparts invaluable lessons that resonate with children, fostering emotional intelligence. Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings is a delightful exploration of emotional intelligence, addressing common feelings experienced by children. The interactive dialogue between Jackson Johnson and the kids offers a relatable and engaging approach to understanding and managing emotions.
Meri Andreasyan’s digital, colorful, emoji-style illustrations add an engaging vibrancy. The visuals complement the narrative, creating a visually appealing experience for young readers and enhancing the story’s overall impact.
In conclusion, Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings is a heartwarming addition to Talar Herculian Coursey’s series, promoting emotional intelligence in an accessible and entertaining manner. The book’s positive and empowering message encourages children to take charge of their feelings, offering valuable lessons for navigating the ups and downs of everyday life. With a captivating storyline and emotive illustrations, this book is a must-read for parents, educators, and young readers on the journey to understanding and embracing their emotions.
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About the Author
Talar Herculian Coursey is a lawyer by day and a children’s book author, Life Coach, and philanthropist by night (more like mornings). She has been a General Counsel since 2011 and recently joined ComplyAuto, a privacy/cybersecurity SAAS company. Before going in-house, she was a file clerk, associate, and partner at the national labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips LLP. Talar is a co-author of both #Networked: How 20 Women Lawyers Overcame the Confines of COVID-19 Social Distancing to Create Connections, CultivateCommunity, & Build Businesses in the Midst of a Global Pandemic and Women In Law: Discovering the True Meaning of Success. Her first children’s book, Ralphy’s Rules for Living the Good Life, was published in 2021.
Talar has served as the President of the Salt Lake City Chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (“SOAR”) since 2015. SOAR, founded in 2005, supports orphanages in Syria, Lebanon and Armenia. She runs the Salt Lake City Half Marathon every year to raise money for SOAR in memory of her father. Net proceeds from her children’s books also go to SOAR. In addition to being a mother, wife, lawyer, life coach, and philanthropist, she is also a runner, yogi, and Jesus, Eckhart Tolle, Peloton, and Brandon Flowers groupie.
For more information, visit talaresq.com.
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