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Children's LiteratureHomework, the big game, speaking in front of the class...these can be stressful events. Using a variety of analogies about what causes frustration or stress, the author does an excellent job keeping this topic germane to the reader. Discovering that some levels of frustration, fear and anxiety are a normal part of life is helpful to children. Suggesting children talk to adults about how to funnel anger or to use exercise and laughter as a way or relieving anxiety are excellent strategies. Just the right amount of terms are introduced for this age level. One sidebar digresses into autism and lectures students not to make fun of children with autism. Empathy towards others is always important, however, not only does this sidebar seem off-topic, rather than being enlightening, the admonishment not to tease insults the reader. Later in the book the author, again, censures the reader about teasing. Perhaps there is a better way to approach the discussion of empathy toward others, this lecturing, motherly tone is a sour note in an otherwise well-written book. A short glossary, question-and-answer section and fact list provide additional information. The layout is easy-on-the-eye. The book includes many interesting photographs of younger children of various ethnicities. Though the publisher suggests this book is for students as old as 13, the language level, tone and the photographs (representing mostly younger children) may not appeal to 12- and 13-year-olds. Overall, however, this is an excellent book to help students understand some of their emotions. It would be helpful for student reports or for teachers or parents to introducing health topics. Part of the "Living Well Series." 2004, TheChild's World, Ages 8 to 13.
— Ruth Buchholz