THE DAILY DOODLE by Janet Mentore Lee

THE DAILY DOODLE

A Journal For Children Ages 7-10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A fun-to-use workbook that encourages children to express themselves in healthy, creative ways.

Most people who have kept diaries or journals can attest to the importance of having a safe place to scribble down thoughts, feelings, observations and plain silliness. Children are no different—they, too, need a nonjudgmental and easily accessible outlet for their thoughts and emotions. Lee, a child psychologist, offers young audiences a chance to explore their emotions and have fun with her workbook. After the success of her first Daily Doodle for children ages 4 to 7, the author responded to requests for a similar title for older kids. This volume includes more sophisticated writing and drawing prompts, such as “When I feel worried, I do this to help myself feel more comfortable...” Sprinkled throughout are “Doodle Breaks” for free drawing time. Another recurring page is the emotional check-in that prompts, “I feel ____ today,” accompanied by a thermometer so children can record the extent of their feeling. Lee knows what kids want—structure with the occasional chance for freedom, questions about themselves and the opportunity for honesty. They will love the chance to describe their lives in a bound book (just like Greg in Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and parents will love seeing their kids engaged in thought-provoking activities with a device that requires no batteries. Parents will also love discovering how their children see the world. In her introduction, the author encourages parents to be an integral part of their children’s journal experience by using three C’s—collaborate, create and connect. By following Lee’s suggestions, parents and kids can look forward to many happy hours. Maybe she’ll consider a Daily Doodle for adults someday.

A terrific way for kids to engage with themselves and their folks.

Pub Date: March 5th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1460907542
Page count: 57pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
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