Don’t Be Afraid to Say No by Ilona Lammertink will help your child realize the importance of when and how to say the word, “no.”
Poor Jill is afraid to say no to her friends because she doesn’t want them to stop liking her. But with the help of her mother, Jill learns saying no isn’t so bad.
This is a wonderful book. Lammertink has created a sympathetic character in Jill, who wishes she said no to her friends more often. It makes her sad and angry that going along with her friends can lead to bad things. With her mother’s help, Jill realizes by saying yes to her friends all the time, she’s actually saying no to her very best friend–herself. While this can be a difficult thing to teach children, it’s also very important. We want our children to stand up for themselves without being bullies. We want them to share without feeling like they must give up their favorite toys. We want to slowly make them independent while listening to our direction. I would recommend this book to kids and parents everywhere.
A review of a picture book isn’t complete without some mention of the artwork. I loved Lucie Georger’s style. The variety in the characters’ faces, the details on each page, and the nice combination of colors makes for a lovely book.
The last two pages of Don’t Be Afraid to Say No include information for parents and teachers, a discussion on self-confidence and how we can increase it, and a series of tips to try. You can tell Lammertink has put her experience as a child therapist to work with this book.
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Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis Publishing; Reprint edition (July 1, 2013)
I received a copy of this book from the author’s publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.