Reviewed by Barbara Fanson, 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.
Reviewed by Chris Stead, Old Mate Media
Finch's tale comes from the same school of modern children's TV. It's focused on delivering its message about empathy and positive thinking, and doesn't hide that within a grander setting or style. For parents with squabbling siblings looking to get that message across, Start With Story can be quite a valuable tool. It's also a champion for greater cultural diversity in the library of available children's books. Perhaps in itself a subtle reinforcement of the theme of empathy.
About the Author
is a children's book author who enjoys packing engaging plots into short stories that are entertaining while teaching valuable lessons and life skills. PT's first published book for kids, "Start With Sorry" introduces Luna and Asher to the world as a sister and brother team who play together while learning about empathy and other important skills thanks to the good parenting of their mother and father.
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.
Jody Mullen is a highly sought-after writer and editor whose diverse portfolio includes public relations and marketing, corporate communications, and government grant proposals. She is also an acclaimed professional singer who has performed in venues such as Don't Tell Mama (NYC) and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She holds an A.B. from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York.