You Are Your Strong

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 10 Jun 2019

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WOW, just an amazing children's book! The message is strong and wonderful and the illustrations were fantastic!
This book helps little ones deal with big emotions and feelings that everyone faces. What an important book, a BIG thank you to the author for explaining emotions, and how to deal with them so beautifully!
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While perusing the books, the cover of "You Are Your Strong" immediately caught the attention of my son and I and we thank you NetGallery for allowing us access to the book to read together.  The illustrations in the book are engaging and delightful and the story is engaging and almost poetic.  After reading, my son and I talked about the meaning of the book which was needed because of the message and wording.  This book had a beautiful and powerful message but it is one that definitely needs to be discussed between parents and children after reading it.
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If it wasn’t for the 2 ½ pages of “Note to Parents and Caregivers” this would be an almost 5 star read.  Why?  The story is simple to understand, has a relate able and usable message and outstanding illustrations.  I would hang any page of this story on my wall as art.
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Odd, I only have a Kindle, so I am not sure how this appeared on my Kindle! It's a download only book! Oh, well,  it's a very inspirational book for young children. It encourages them with words about finding their inner voice of strength. I liked the examples it gave of insecurity, anger, fright, sad, etc... and how to fight those feelings and feel better. The illustrations were so sweet!  Nice end note to caregivers is included at the end. Good  addition to a library or home collection.
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This book is absolutely beautiful - and not just the illustrations. The whole book, the theme, the words, the pictures, it is all exactly what you want a book about emotions to be for the children who need it. And by need, I don't just mean the ones who need it at that moment, but for all children, who will at some point or another have to deal with emotions that are bigger than they are. As much as we want to, we can't shield them from everything and big emotions are part of growing up. We need to prepare children to handle them in a positive, productive way and this book does wonders for that.

Both the words and illustrations are simple and calm, yet powerful - even magical. Even in its simplicity, the author does a wonderful job of showing children how to regulate their emotions, and how to deal with them, feel them, and not get stuck feeling one kind of way. The author moves through a wide range of emotions, giving children positive ways to overcome the negative thoughts and feelings. I feel like this was well-done, and did not imply that feeling those emotions were bad. I think too often kids feel like they can't or shouldn't be angry or sad. I teach in a self-contained behavior skills classroom; time and again myself and our paraprofessionals explains to our students that emotions are normal and healthy, but we don't want to get stuck on them, and we want to show those emotions and how we feel in a way that is still appropriate and won't hurt anyone, including the person feeling the emotion.

In the beginning we see adults showing the children in the book how to overcome these powerful and sometimes scary emotions. That scaffolding piece is so important, because we have to show children how to regulate these emotions on their own, so they do not become dependent on adults to talk them through it every time. The message that each child has their own Strong, that they can draw on that inner strength to overcome the big, negative feelings, in invaluable. This doesn't mean that we should always expect every child to 'figure it out for themselves', but we must give them the tools and strategies they need to handle overwhelming emotions.

I will definitely be purchasing this book when it comes out, to be able to read with my five year old daughter. I will also be using it in my classroom. Highly recommended!
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*thank you to Netgalley and American Psychological Association/ Magination Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

5 stars.

Woah! I was not prepared for this. This book actually took my breath away. From opening up to page 1 the illustrations are one of the best I've seen in a children's picture book In a long time and were instantly awarded 5 stars from me. No question. I am sorry to say though while we are talking about the illustrations that the cover does not do the book justice. Its not as good as what's inside but it is a perfect example of not judging a book by its cover. Yes I admit I did which is probably why I was so surprised at how much I loved, yes LOVED this book! So while the cover isnt amazing, it doesn't take away any points. But I do need to add that it's just the colour choice that I'm not fussed on but the actual title is very fitting.

The words are simple but so SO meaningful. Its actually a very good book to teach children about emotions that they will have throughout there whole lives and how those emotions can be delt with. Its written so simply that children can understand it without having to digest alot of information. It is pure beauty and I know im going to have to grab an actual physical copy once it hits bookstores.
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Thank you Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Beautifully written and appropriate for kids 4 and older. This storybook explores words that describe negative emotions and suggest ways to overcome those emotions with happier ones. I love the illustrations and the notion that family members can help you overcome those fearful emotions. Love the final message of being and feeling strong! I might just buy this for myself !
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Picture  book for kids. It’s nice but not what I expected. It’s little hard for kids. 
Thank you for the ARC.
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This book explores emotions, putting the emotions in different fonts from the rest of the book to make them different and stand out. An encouraging message is paired with decent illustrations for a decent book.
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Dufayet's lessons on emotions and relying on your inner "strong" to wash away negative emotions is nice. Zivoin's illustrations overshadow the story and become the highlight of the book. These illustrations are some of the best I have seen lately. I found myself wanting to look at the pictures more than read about strong, brave, calm, worry, scared, sad, love, mad, and gentle,
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This is a beautiful book not only in it's illustrations, but in it's words. Children need books like these to help understand emotions that can be hard to control with out any guidance, and parents can use these examples to practice themselves.  Well done. I look forward to seeing this to the children's section of our library.
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