Sunday 28 February 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Mommy, What Do You See When You Look At Me? by Candace V. Haynes and When I Feel Frustrated by Michael Gordon

Mommy, What Do You See When You Look At Me?
Author: Candace V. Haynes
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 16th January 2021

Book Description:
Mommy, What Do You See When You Look at Me is an endearing story of true love expressed between a mother and daughter. An inquisitive daughter challenges her mom to answer her questions. She receives her mother's adoring words describing the characteristics that make her daughter a unique and special person. There are beautiful attributes about the daughter that are easy to see. But this mom helps her daughter see the characteristics that are beyond exterior beauty. Readers will take a journey with characters who express the purest form of love in existence; it is the love between a parent and child. This story will leave moms and daughters with a yearning to share an embrace and a desire to have a similar conversation of their own. This is a perfect bookshelf item for any young girl. Mothers and daughters will love reading this story together again and again. This story is a great confidence booster for girls and will help them understand that there is so much more to a person than what the eyes can see. This book is ideal for moms and daughters to read together and will appeal to those who share this special type of bond. About the Author:Candace Haynes is a mom of five, and more specifically, a mom of three beautiful girls. She is a 25-year career educator who has stepped into a growing field of writers who choose to bring more African American characters to life in children’s books. The many students she has encountered throughout her career as a teacher and administrator are a source of great inspiration. It is important to Candace that the characters in her stories are relatable, realistic, and helpful to others. These characteristics are prominent in all of her work.

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This was a very enjoyable read. Essentially, it's a story about acceptance, of both one's self and others. A young girl questions her mother on various aspects of her appearance to establish how her mother perceives her. It's about accepting yourself for who you really are and appreciating that everyone is different and unique in their own way, which is what makes us all special and beautiful. The story highlights the fact that a person's nature/character cannot and shouldn't be judged based on appearance because a person is more than what you see on the outside.

I loved the bond between mother and daughter and the confidence the mother instils in her daughter by the way she answers her daughter's questions. Loved the illustrations. It's an all-round great book.


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

When I Feel Frustrated
Author: Michael Gordon
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 21st September 2019

Book Description:
Self-Regulation Skills Series 6
Life doesn't always go as planned. Sometimes we fail and feel frustrated. 

* Frustration itself is normal—and in fact necessary to learn and grow
* Help children learn how to become more resilient
* Help kids develop coping strategies to manage frustration and anger
* Feeling upset is not a reason to give up

It has a great message:
“Love the illustrations in this children’s book. I read this to my grandchildren (ages 3 5). ” - Anne
“A beautiful book an all ways. Great for preschoolers!“ - Ashley

Explains anger management & frustration:
“Love this kids book! Read it to my 3 yo daughter a few times and she liked it a lot! “ - Lizzie
“A wonderful story about anger, frustration, and resilience. Both of my sons adored it! ” - Kathryn

* Cute illustrations with a nice rhyming story
 * Not too long, grabs kid’s attention

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This is the first book I've read my Michael Gordon, but it certainly won't be the last. I loved the narrative voice. It's very reassuring, which is necessary with picture books and getting messages across to children, who, for the most part, have a short attention span, so you have to do well to maintain their interest, which I think this book will have no trouble doing.

From the wonderful illustrations down to the message of the story, kids and parents alike will love this story. What I enjoyed most was that it wasn't condescending or belittling. Getting frustrated is inevitable, so there's no point of trying to prevent it, instead, learn how to control your emotions and how to better utilise your time and energy to identify the problem and find a solution. Great message. I think a lot of people can learn from this book, so I would recommend it to everyone. It certainly put a smile on my face. A jolly good read indeed.


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

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