Sad Sam, Glad Sam
Samantha Morgan is a typical pre-schooler--energetic but emotional. When this precocious little girl is confronted with an unexpected personal loss, she is overcome with sadness. Sam's mother uses creative play as a tool to help her daughter understand and manage her feelings of sadness. She makes a simple brown paper bag hand puppet and uses it to foster a dialogue about emotions and creative techniques for controlling them. This book is an excellent resource for parents looking for innovative approaches to handling the challenges of parenting little ones with strong emotions and a limited vocabulary. The colorful illustrations help bring this simple story to life. The book reinforces the critical role parents play in the emotional development of their children and encourages them to use creative play as a teachign tool.
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