Sad Sam, Glad Sam

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Shoetree Publishers, Incorporated, Dec 1, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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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About the author (2006)

L.E. Rainey is a proud grandmother who claims grandparents make the best storytellers. The inspiration for her first book came from observing the special relationship her grandson had with a feral cat named "Macho". "My grandson was at magical stage in his development where the imaginary and real merged. He treated the cat like he was a sibling. In fact he called him, "his boy"." She added that watching her daughter, a single parent, struggling with the challenges of disciplining her hyperactive grandson, lead her to explore the benefits of using play therapy outside of a clincal setting. "I wrote this book to provide little ones with a good bedtime story and to expose parents to new ideas about how to handle parent/child conflicts in the process," she said. L.E. Rainey lives in sunny Arizona. When she isn't writing or spending quality time with her family, she enjoys traveling.

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