I Know What To Do: When I Am Blue is a story that helps school-aged children work through their disappointments. Once again, Davis' attention to detail in the I Know What to Do series makes the sensitive subject of mental health approachable and relatable. The author creates an atmosphere in the story that is unique to identifying disappointments so the reader can learn how to process their feelings and shift to a positive disposition. The illustrations are fascinating with clear details of the thought-provoking disappointments experienced by the main character and her ability to shift from negative to positive thoughts using effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The goal is for the reader to identify steps to reset themselves with effective coping strategies presented in the story. The book's glowing illustrations help capture the essence of the girl's plight and will surely keep the interest of young readers. Davis brilliantly merges the children's book genre with sound therapeutic techniques of the mental health profession.
The book also includes a parent/teacher guide that outlines steps to help children when they have the BLUES. Every parent seeking to help their children adjust to disappointment will grasp the principles with the highly illustrated parent guide that provides step-by-step details of dealing with the BLUES that we all face.
It is also a valuable tool for teachers, mental health professionals, school counselors and other educational support team members to help implement techniques to assist with school age children who are experiencing disappointments (BLUES) in their life. Most importantly, this book also helps start a conversation about the disappointments children face and ways to help them deal with it. We all need to Know What To Do!