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

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THE DAILY DOODLE

A JOURNAL FOR CHILDREN AGES 7-10

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 5, 2011

ISBN: 978-1460907542

Page Count: 57

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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THE LORAX

The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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