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Percy Gets Upset (I See I Learn) Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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About the Author

Stuart J. Murphy, author of the award-winning MathStart books (HarperCollins), has developed a new series for Charlesbridge: I See I Learn®. The I See I Learn® books feature simple stories and visual learning strategies to help young children learn important social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills. Stuart, a visual learning specialist, has also served on the authorship teams of a number of major educational programs. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Stuart and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston, Massachusetts, near their children and three grandchildren, Jack, Madeleine, and Camille.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 150L (What's this?)
  • Series: I See I Learn
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580894607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580894609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,076,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book focuses on the negative feelings but doesn't really have any resolution. In each instance Percy feels angry or upset and is told by a parent to try something like calm down (no mention how to do that) or take a deep breath, and then it's on to another negative emotion without showing Percy using the suggestion to overcome the negative emotion. Percy never comes to his own understanding of the emotions he's feeling- he feels a negative emotion acts out and Mom or Dad says stop. If anything it seems to highlight the negative emotion instead of the resolution. I'm filling in the blanks left by the book for my son because he likes the pictures and does ask me to read it. Edit: My son just mimicked the bad behavior of Percy before bed, so I'm not sure this is teaching him what I had hoped. Won't be reading this to him again.
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Our daughter was getting into the tantrum stage when we attended a parenting/educator program at the local library. The program introduced us to Stuart J. Murphy and his books have become a go-to resource in our home. The suggestions for dealing with anger, frustration and a simple bad day are extremely useful and presented in a way that is easy for kids to understand. I'd much rather listen to, "I'm Mad!" followed by a deep breath than a 3-5 minute meltdown. Be sure to checkout "Emma's Friendwich" if you are parenting a child who isn't sure how to make friends.
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This is a great book to use with young children and teach who deal with frustration, being grouchy, being cranky and/or being angry. It is all about emotional skills and what a child can do to deal with those appropriately and ultimately become happy again. Children can relate to Percy because he feels as they would when they're upset. Through the story, Percy teaches children how to stop being upset. The colors are vivid in the illustrations, the pictures eye catching, and the print large enough for a read - aloud to children or for older children to read themselves.

I can see this book being used in classrooms and/or counselor's offices with children 2-7. It is recommended for 2-5, but I think older children, maybe up to 2nd grade would enjoy it if used as a read - aloud to spark discussion. One of the things I love about Stuart Murphy's books is the discussion questions that he adds at the end. You won't have to come up with questions on your own, because they are provided for you.
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I purchased this book for my 2 1/2 year old daughter who is currently having tantrums several times a week, each lasting 1-2 hours. She has always loved books and I thought a book about feelings might help her understand her own feelings when she gets upset. The book is written well for a toddler and takes one through Percy's day in which he experiences getting upset many times over different situations. Each time his mom or dad gives him a suggestion on how to deal with his feelings. There is a review at the end of the book on ways to deal with being upset. My daughter loved this book and asked me to read it to her 6 times the first day we got it! I think she can relate to the Percy character and is learning to ingrain in her mind things she can do when she feels upset. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a toddler who likes to read and is starting to experience the frustrations that come along with a developing emotional self.
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I'm a marriage & family therapist with a sub-specialty working with kids with severe emotion and behavior challenges- and I've read a lot of books like this. I like this one because it's easy to read with kid friendly language and pictures, and is written in a way encourages problem solving for handling tough feelings. It also has questions in the back that aren't cumbersome but invite kids to think about their own upset-type feelings. I also really like that it's not one of those books with a lecturing /shaming tone (meaning it doesn't encourage squashing feelings to be "good" or loveable which I've unfortunately seen quite a lot). Instead the author shows the parents staying calm and supportive when Percy is having strong feelings, and has parents coach percy on self-soothing skills (ex: "take a breath") before giving redirection (connection before correction!). The only thing I'd add if I were writing this would be to have the parents acknowledge the feeling even before the coaching /re-direct (just because doing so helps kids feel "heard" and also helps them learn to notice and identify they're own feelings, and those are both hugely helpful in developing emotion management skills). I just read it to my nephew (3) who liked it, and I also plan to use it with clients in sessions and as a reading book in my waiting room.
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