My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Book description: Written after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen is an invaluable tool for helping children identify feelings that overwhelm them with anxiety and despair. Author Christy Monson guides readers through emotions of fear, sadness, and anger, then lends constructive and practical ideas for how to manage such feelings and seek comfort. Lori Nawyn’s engaging illustrations help young children understand that hope is only a hug away
My thoughts: Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen explains to children that bad things happen in the world and gives ideas on what children can do to deal with them and find help and hope.
The illustrations are VERY cute. They are eye catching and offer points for parents to talk to their children about the concept discussed on the page. It is a great compliment between the written word and the illustrations.
This is a great book to read with your child whether or not they are experiencing a crisis.
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About the Illustrator: As an award-winning journalist, essayist, artist, and designer, Lori Nawyn devotes herself to helping others learn how to survive and thrive. Her work has appeared in regional and national publications.Her first novel, MY GIFT TO YOU, was published in 2010. Her first motivational book for women, A YEAR'S JOURNEY, will be released January 2014. FILL YOUR DAY WITH HOPE, a nonfiction gift book for girls and women, will be released August 2013. PEACHY: A HARVEST OF FRUITY GOODNESS will be released SEPTEMBER 10, 2013. THE GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY REUNION BOOK will be released March 2014. Lori is also the illustrator of the bestselling children's picture book WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? (ThoughtsAlive, 2010) and LOVE, HUGS, AND HOPE: WHEN SCARY THINGS HAPPEN (Familius, 2013).
Fireman's wife, mother of four, and mentor to two Siberian Huskies and one German Shepherd, Harley owner, and cowboy boot connoisseur, Lori loves adventure. You can follow her on Twitter:https://twitter.com/LoriNawyn and on her website: www.lorinawyn.com.
About the Author: My grandmother lived with us when I was young. She loved to read me stories. I would curl up in her lap or sit on the bed next to her and listen to the tales spin out before me. We cried together over Lassie Come Home and loved Madeline and her adventures. That was a magical time for me in my life. When my children were little, I loved reading to them because it kept the magic alive. Now my children are grown, I can keep the magic by writing stories for others to read.
A fun fact for me~ Christy and I became friends on facebook. It was then that we realized that we had a friend in common, my husband's grandmother, Mildred Taylor. It turns out that Christy and Mildred are neighbors. It was fun to realize what a small world we really liv in
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