Three-year-old Luna loves to spend time with her big brother, Asher, and she wants to do everything he does. But when these siblings sit down to draw pictures together, Luna is overcome with jealousy because she can’t do everything he can do. When she reacts in anger, Asher is sad and doesn’t want to color with her anymore. How can she make things right again? With Mommy’s help, Luna learns how to deal with her emotions and make amends for hurting her brother’s feelings.
Toddlers ages 3-5 will love this sweet and relatable children’s picture book, whether they’re familiar with sibling rivalry or are just learning to share and cooperate at daycare or preschool. Stories like this one are an excellent way to teach kids how to apologize, and how to take responsibility for their actions in a way that’s fun!
Parents and teachers will appreciate the valuable early learning lesson in compassion. Kindness and empathy for others is one of the most important social skills required to form lasting friendships in preparation for school life, making “Start With Sorry” a must-have on any bookshelf.
Reading about the facts of life is part of growing up, as values are learned not just through real-life situations, but also by reading about basic concepts in fiction. Good manners include not just saying “please” and “thank you,” but also knowing how to apologize, not just with words, but with actions that demonstrate that the apology is meaningful.
Give “Start With Sorry” a try and take your child on a fun journey with Luna and Asher while building a foundation of virtues and morals that they’ll need in preschool, kindergarten and beyond. It’s available as paperback and hardcover books.
About the Author
Gohkan Bas is a professional illustrator who has created illustrations and other artwork for children?s books, educational books, t-shirts, and even keepsakes such as decorative clocks. He works in mixed media including digital and traditional forms. Gohkan teamed up with P.T. Finch to create the kids? picture book, ?Start With Sorry? with illustrations that combined digital background images and characters with kids? drawings produced using traditional wax crayons.
In addition to editing children's books for Literary Mango and other companies, Jody Mullen is a soprano singer from New Jersey. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she won the Ethel Stone LeFrak Prize in Music for her senior recital of American Songbook literature by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Loesser, Sondheim, and others. She spent two seasons performing with the critically acclaimed NYC-based young artist program dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, where her roles included Papagena and Erste Knabe in Die Zauberfloete, for which Meche Kroop of The Opera Insider praised her "fine harmonizing."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite Start With Sorry by PT Finch is an outstanding book that parents should read to their children. The story and illustrations work well together to create a must-have children’s book, which children and their parents will enjoy. I believe children will develop a better understanding of their feelings: happiness, sadness, anger, hurt, jealousy, and regret. This story may help children to label their emotions and develop a better way to express their feelings. Start With Sorry also opens the door to discussing emotions and asking your own children questions like “Why do you think the little girl was angry? Why is the boy sad? Do you think the girl could have expressed her feelings differently?” The book demonstrates to children how to say sorry and forgive someone. Their mother guides them through a valuable lesson of understanding, empathy, cooperation, and an apology. Soon, the preschoolers learn how to work together to create a better drawing than before. The illustrations in Start With Sorry are very well done by Gokhan Bas. They are very realistic images with shading, multiple colours, and shadows. Even his children’s drawings look realistic as if they were drawn by preschoolers! Bas’ drawings of facial expressions definitely illustrate the emotion that the children are experiencing at the moment. Perhaps we should have questions or a discussion page at the back of the book to open up a dialogue of the book and emotions. Start With Sorry should be in every daycare and preschool so children may develop a better comprehension of sibling rivalry, sharing, and handling their emotions.