Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review: Forgive and Let Go!: A book about forgiveness by Cheri J. Meiners

For young children, learning to forgive—when they’ve been let down or had their feelings are hurt—can take time. Help children develop their forgiveness skills and learn how to accept an apology and move on without holding grudges. At the same time, encourage children to let go of disappointment and to accept when things don’t go the way they hope. Back matter includes advice for teaching forgiveness at home, at school, and in childcare.
Being the Best Me Series:
From the author of the popular Learning to Get Along® books comes a one-of-a-kind character-development series. Each of the first six books in the Being the Best Me! series helps children learn, understand, and develop attitudes and positive character traits that strengthen self-confidence and a sense of purpose. Each book focuses on a specific attitude or character trait—optimism, self-esteem, assertiveness, resilience, integrity, and forgiveness. Also included are discussion questions, games, activities, and additional information for adults. Filled with diversity, these social story books will be welcome in school, home, and childcare settings.

We received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

I requested this book because when I read the title I thought K might need to read this book or at least have it read to him. He is at the age that he either doesn't like to forget what someone has done to him or he doesn't want to forgive them and he holds a grudge. Which I don't want him to do. 
With Forgive and Forget I enjoyed how it showed in the pictures different things that could happen to you but then it described that if this happens YOU can choose to forgive or let things go. One example that happens in our home is my daughter who is 2 tears up her brother's legos which he gets very upset about and wants to retaliate. I have to remind him that he can put them back together it is not a big deal. And in the book we see a picture of a brother knocking down some blocks and instead of getting upset he realizes that there is no need as the problem is not very important. And with that I had to let K know you see there is no need to get upset over something so little. 

I thought it was great that there were different situations within the story and what you can do to make them not so big and how to work them out. This is a good book to read to young kids that understand what is going on around them with their feelings and actions towards others. I have noticed a slight change with how K approaches things that happen to him. He isn't quick to lash out with anger, so maybe this book did get through to him. 

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