"In this installment, sadness is shown in a slightly positive light: “it’s okay to feel sad sometimes,” offers Sal. “You can even learn from it or help others.” Activity pages encourage children to draw their own sad moment. A word search and maze are also included in the back, along with notes to parents with tips on how to help their children deal with too much sadness...may help some young children develop empathy."
Jo, My Sad Hippo: A book about Sadness (Building Resilience) (Volume 1)
Doctor Harmony, author
Al dreads seeing his sad hippo, Jo, who fills him with woe. What makes Al and Jo sad? Find out how he learns to live with Jo and how he learns to cope with sad feelings in this fun, rhyming and educational book. Can you find Jo, hiding on each page? Kids, try out the fun activities in the back of the book to learn more about dealing with Jo, the sad hippo. There is also a useful adults page at the end of the book to guide discussion with children about sadness and managing it in constructive ways. "Jo, My Sad Hippo" is one of four books in The Building Resilience picture book series. This series gives children, teachers and parents advice on how to deal with common situations and uncomfortable feelings. It also encourages parent-child discussion about difficult topics. Some topics (feelings and even common life events such as death) are traditionally taboo or are challenging for adults to talk about. If adults are uncomfortable talking about issues or feelings, it is even more difficult for children to discuss them or to know how to effectively cope with situations.This range of books opens the communication pathways, in a fun way, and helps children and adults face matters without shame, embarrassment or stigma.