Growing Up is Hard

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Nothing is going right for Sammy. His kindergarten teacher told him he could do a better job on his picture. His best friend didn't want to come over and play. And his mother punished him for forgetting to take out the trash. Sammy feels that his life is just awful, until Dad helps him find new ways of looking at his problems.

In her third children's book after bestsellers Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It!, acclaimed author and radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger ...

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Overview

Nothing is going right for Sammy. His kindergarten teacher told him he could do a better job on his picture. His best friend didn't want to come over and play. And his mother punished him for forgetting to take out the trash. Sammy feels that his life is just awful, until Dad helps him find new ways of looking at his problems.

In her third children's book after bestsellers Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It!, acclaimed author and radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger has written another important story featuring the lovable family from her first two books. Growing Up Is Hard shows a caring parent teaching his child to cope with the challenges of growing up.

When a young boy has a day where nothing goes right, his father helps him deal with his feelings and see that things change as he grows up.

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Dr. Laura Schlessinger helps youngsters deal with some potentially troublesome emotions they may encounter in her latest children's book, Growing Up Is Hard. Little Sammy is having a bad time because everything in his life is changing and he doesn't like it. Even though everyone used to love his artwork, now his kindergarten teacher says he could do better. When he forgets to take out the trash, Mom not only yells at him, she takes away his TV privileges. Then Sammy's best friend can't come over to play because he's going to someone else's house instead. By the time Grandma yells at him for acting like a baby, Sammy is beginning to wish he were one.

Dad helps Sammy put all these changes into perspective and teaches Sammy some grown-up concepts, such as compromise and responsibility. He helps Sammy to see the positive side of all the changes while also letting him know that it's okay to feel bad about them at times -- that's all part of growing up. Daniel McFeeley, who illustrated Schlessinger's other children's books, uses splashy watercolor drawings to render the events in Sammy's life. There are plenty of familiar items in the details to keep young eyes busy and young minds thinking. And Sammy's facial expressions as he ranges through his emotions -- scowling, crying, pouting, and pondering -- may serve as a prompt for parent/child discussions. (Beth Amos)

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Sammy has had a very bad day and is sitting unhappily on his front steps when dad arrives home from work. Sammy isn't ready to talk to dad about what's wrong, but as dad takes the time to walk with his son and listen, Sammy begins to tell his dad that he doesn't like the way things are changing. Dad is quick to tell Sammy that things are changing because he is growing up. As Dad and Sammy talk about Sammy's chores, his drawings in class and his friends, Sammy begins to understand that these changes can be a good thing if he takes the time to look at them that way. This is a beautifully told story of a young boy and his father talking about the important things in life. This is one of those books that make adults look for a child to share it with. I recommend this title for all collections that serve the preschool child. The book would make a great Father's Day gift. 2001, Cliff Street Books, $21.27. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060292003
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is one of the most popular talk-show hosts in radio history and the only woman to win the prestigious Marconi Award for syndicated radio. She is the author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, writes a daily blog, and is a regular Newsmax columnist. She is heard daily on Sirius/XM Channel 155 live, and her program is streamed and podcast on www.drlaura.com. Dr. Schlessinger has her own YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/drlaura). She is also the skipper and driver of a racing sailboat program that won the 2010 international race from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. She and her husband live in Southern California.

Daniel McFeeley is the illustrator of Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It! He has worked in film, television, and theater as a visual effects artist and designer. Mr. McFeeley lives in Van Nuys, California.

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